Lesson Plan: Building Recycling Bins

Students identify types of garbage, learn how to sort it, and create their own recycling bins!

Author: Recycle Rally

Recycle Rally

Recycle Rally has partnered with EcoRise to bring you comprehensive, hands-on lessons focused on waste and recycling for grades K-12. Your students will love learning about sorting waste and making their own recycling bins in this lesson. Access the free lesson plan by clicking on the link below!




Lesson 3.2: Building Bins


In this lesson written for grades 3-4, students learn the difference between organic garbage (which comes from natural sources and readily degrades) and inorganic garbage (which comes from human-made sources and can take a very long time to degrade). They learn the value of sorting different types of wastes so that those wastes can more easily be managed in a sustainable way. Finally, students make recycling bins and learn advocacy skills as they educate the school community about the purpose and value of the bins.


Estimated time needed: Two 50-minute sessions


All lessons are mapped to CCSS, NGSS, EFS, and TEKS standards.




Students will be able to…

  • Define organic waste and identify examples.
  • Define inorganic waste and identify examples.
  • Explain the value of sorting garbage.
  • Build recycling bins and educate the school community about the importance of recycling.


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Looking for more ways in which students can create their own recycling bins for this lesson? Use the filters on our homepage for more ideas. This hole-in-one recycling bin is one of our favorites, and it’s easy to make!

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