Free Recycling Playbook for Teen Leaders Interested in Sustainability

Teens can learn to be leaders who improve their school community

You’re going to love this free recycling playbook for teens. Share it with your student council (or any teen leader). This playbook will give students a head start on implementing a school recycling program. It’s got everything teen leaders need to independently set up and manage a recycling program.


Recycling Playbook For Teens


What can you do with this free recycling playbook for teens?


  • Implement a recycling program as a student council initiative.
  • Start a green team within student council and use this guide as your first program.
  • Use this self-starter playbook with any school club or organization interested in supporting teens learning more about sustainability.


Here’s what’s inside:


Get Started

  • The Building Your Sustainable Community worksheet will start the brainstorming process to get your recycling program off the ground.

Set Goals

  • The Sustainability Statement and Goals worksheet will determine the focus of your program and set goals to keep you on track.


Pepsi recycling playbook sustainability statement worksheet


Promote the Program

  • The Promotions worksheet will guide your team through ideas to spread the word about your new initiative.

Track Progress

  • A chart is included to keep track of recycling bin placement and collection to keep a tally of how your program is doing.


  • Use the goals created within the free recycling guide and your filled-in tracking sheet to see how the program is doing. Don’t forget to thank everyone involved!

Creating a student council recycling project embraces the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which seeks to “transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student.” A student council recycling project benefits the entire school and surrounding community. Participants gain valuable leadership skills while also doing their part to protect the environment.


Want to read more about what student councils can do with a recycling program? Check out What Student Councils Can Learn By Managing Your Recycling Program

Recycling Playbook for Teen Leaders

Was this useful?

Learn More

Recycle Rally

Recycle Rally is a free K-12 program that provides rewards and tools to help enhance recycling at your school!

Explore now

Additional Resources

Our comprehensive library of resources was designed to inspire the next generation of green leaders.

Explore now