Earth Day Educational Resources

ISRI/Jason Curriculum by Grade

Recycling Materials for the Classroom

ISRI — the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries — and JASON Learning are proud to partner to help students and educators understand the importance of recycling and the recycling industry, as well as learn key STEM topics related to recycling.

K-4th Grade

Guided by videos and activities, students in grades K-4 form a foundational understanding of recycling and the properties of different materials.

5th-8th Grade

Students in grades 5-8 develop an understanding of the science behind recycling. Students will learn about the power of recycling, the engineering of materials, and the history of oil.

9th-12th Grade

Students in grades 9-12 explore deeper challenges facing recycling: tires, clothing, and crumb rubber. Students gain critical thinking through videos, games, and a series of activities.

C3: Community Conservation Committee

Handouts, guides, and articles on native plants and animals.

Scrap University Kids

Scrap University Kids is an online educational platform that promotes sustainability and environmental awareness through hands-on learning and art-making.

The website offers online classes, virtual events, and project tutorials that encourage children to explore their creativity while also teaching them about the importance of reducing waste and recycling. The program was founded by a team of educators and artists who are passionate about inspiring young people to make positive changes in their communities and the world.

LCSWMA Virtual Tours


Start the Virtual Tour


Start the Virtual Tour

Additional Activities

Grandma Lisa's Humming, Buzzing, Chirping Garden


Acceptable Materials

Appliances including:
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • FOR A $10 FEE—Air Conditioners

End of Life Items Including:
  • Machinery (all fluids,pans and cylinders removed)
  • Farm Equipment
  • Farm Machinery
  • Lawnmowers
  • Cast Iron Patio Furniture
  • Cast Iron Outdoor Railing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Steel Wheels
  • Steel

Nonferrous Scrap:
  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Pots and Pans
  • Aluminum Siding/Gutters/Downspouts
  • Aluminum Patio Furniture
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Aluminum Wire
  • Auto Batteries
  • Brass Fixtures/Lamps Decorative items
  • Cable, Fence and Wire
  • Christmas Lights
  • Copper
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Pipes
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Valves and Connectors
  • Copper Tubing
  • Copper Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Insulated Wire
  • Radiators
  • Screen Doors/Windows (glass removed)
  • Stainless Steel

Prohibited Materials

  • Acetylene Cylinders
  • Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)- applies to both fibrous and solid materials
  • Any Scrap Containing Refrigerants (CFC or HCFC) (Freezers, Refrigerators)  Air Conditioners are accepted for a $10 fee
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT/tube-style computer monitors or televisions)
  • Closed Compressed Gas Cylinders – high pressure cylinders with valve intact
  • Combustible or Flammable Materials – fuels, paints, degreasers, unpunctured aerosol cans
  • Corrosive Materials – highly acidic or caustic materials (battery acid, caustic soda, etc.)
  • Explosive Materials, Munitions, Shell Casings – includes suspect military scrap
  • Free Flowing Liquids (including water)
  • Hazardous Waste – toxic or poisonous materials or wastes
  • Infectious Materials – blood-soaked or biohazard items
  • Liquids or Scrap Containing Free Flowing Liquids – fuels, antifreeze, oils, hydraulic fluid, paints
  • Mercury Containing Materials – mercury-containing thermostats, switches or fluorescent light bulbs
  • Non-Metallic Items – concrete, wood, asphalt, dirt, debris, tires (more than 5 per auto)
  • PCB-Containing Materials
  • Whole tanks uncut
  • Radioactive Scrap – anything exhibiting radiation levels above background
  • Scrap with Small Capacitors that contain 50 ppm of PCBs