Lesson Plan: Personal Waste Eco-Audit

Students learn how their own waste consumption compares to average.

Author: Recycle Rally

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Recycle Rally has partnered with EcoRise to bring you comprehensive, hands-on lessons focused on waste and recycling for grades K-12. This personal waste audit lesson challenges students to think about their individual roles in waste production. Access the free lesson plan by clicking on the link below!




Lesson 5.2: Personal Waste Eco-Audit


In this lesson written for grades 7-8, students learn how much waste the average person produces and then think about how their own daily waste production compares to that average. Then they spend 24 hours collecting all the (nonhazardous) wastes they personally generate. After that, students log their results and reflect on how their waste production compares to the global average. Students also make a list of the electronic items they own or have owned and consider their personal role in managing e-wastes responsibly.


Estimated time needed: 30 minutes in first class period; 24-hour trash collection period; 50 minutes in second class period


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




Students will be able to…

  • Predict the amount of waste they generate each day.
  • Collect personal wastes for one day.
  • Organize, analyze, and compare personal waste-production data.
  • Explore their personal history with electronics and e-waste production.
  • Identify and develop solutions for reducing personal waste and e-waste production.


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