Generation Zero Waste is a free youth education program, created in partnership with Austin Resource Recovery. The program engages K-12 students in three TEKS-aligned educational and interactive activities that raise awareness about recycling, composting, and conservation while giving students simple solutions for reducing their waste. The curriculum is divided into grade levels – K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th , and 9th-12th – with a different focus for each.

  • K-2nd: lessons focus on teaching students about sorting waste, emphasizing the differences between landfill trash, recycling, and composting
  • 3rd-5th:  lessons center around the composition of trash and recycling beyond the basics, integrating math and social studies concepts.
  • 6th-12thlessons explore the intricacies of our waste streams and builds a complex understanding of landfills and recycling systems.

All Generation Zero programming is provided free of charge.


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