Programs & Curricula

The NRRA School Recycling Club builds community action by directing students, teachers, schools and communities to a clear understanding of pertinent solid and hazardous waste issues and supporting sustainable waste reduction programs.

COVID-19 SHIP Lessons (Supporting Home Instruction Plan)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NRRA's School Recycling Club pivoted their on-site classroom workshops and school-wide technical assistance programs to remote workshops and free weekly lesson plans from NRRA's school recycling curricula.

Nine lessons from NRRA's nationally recognized curricula (3R's of the Common Core: Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without and Teaching Toxics : Creating Solutions to Household Pollution) were broken out for age groups K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Each lesson plan packet includes the Common Core Matrix (for teachers), a NRRA curricula lesson, a craft or activity and a video link from additional sources.  (Video links can be accessed from NRRA's SHIP cover page for each lesson packet.)  Additionally, NRRA's Education Manager recorded a video introduction aligned with each NRRA SHIP lesson packet theme.

For a limited time, NRRA's School Recycling Club will keep these nine lessons FREE for all teachers, parents and students to access. The goal is to keep recycling education alive both in the home and in schools. A very special thanks to New Hampshire the Beautiful for supporting these free SHIP lessons and making them available for all!  NRRA's School Recycling Club SHIP lessons can be accessed through NRRA's Resource Library


NRRA workshops are designed for use in standard classroom settings and most can be tailored to fit the curriculum and developmental needs of any class, grades K-12.  Workshops are also a great staff development tool and work well as the focus of a Green Team meeting or Recycling Club after-school event.  NRRA's classroom workshops are generally 40-minutes in length but can be modified to fit any classroom period.  The programs are experiential and hands-on in nature. NRRA's School Recycling Club staff assist with identifying curriculum standards associated with each program.


Participants investigate household toxins, primarily cleaning chemicals. They learn how to identify toxic products, why it matters to human health and the environment, how to safely dispose of toxics and how to make or find safer alternatives in the marketplace.  Appropriate for all ages, hands-on activities vary according to the group. All participants receive recipe books for making non-toxic products from common, inexpensive items.


This workshop connects waste and global climate change and is followed by a Q&A session. Depend­ing on time, a group break-out session explores and evaluates the school using a waste-focused “School Sustainability Scorecard.” Teams reassemble to report their findings and to reflect on environmental practices and policies the school already has and those they might consider adopting.


Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute over 25 percent of the US municipal solid waste stream. That is a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead! Composting offers obvious resource management benefits and creates a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled. This workshop, available for all age groups, explains how composting works and how to make it work.


A workshop version of NRRA's very popular Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD). Rather than sorting all the waste from a day, participants collect small working samples of waste, that are identified, audited and analyzed.


NRRA school technical assistance programs are designed to work at a larger, school-wide level and focus on big picture problems and solutions. Because of the nature of these programs, they tend to take more time and work best when as many stakeholders as possible at the school participate. At lower grade levels, these programs are often organized by teachers and staff, but in upper grade levels, we encourage students to take the leading role as a truly service-learning leadership opportunity at their school.


TOLD LocationsA TOLD is a thought-provoking service-learning project that assesses a school's waste management issues and opportunities for improvement, while fostering student leadership. Under The NRRA School Recycling Club's guidance, student leaders organize a waste sort of an entire days worth of trash. This tool for positive change examines waste management practices, purchasing policies, hauling agreements and diversion opportunities. A TOLD consists of envisioning and audit planning, the audit, and presentation of the results and action plan. TOLDs often draw media attention and can become an annual event to track progress toward sustainable cost-effective methods of school waste management.

TOLD to GO Rental Kit

Want to host our signature Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD) on your own?  The TOLD to GO Rental Kit allows you the freedom to schedule your school waste audit at your convenience. Our kit contains a video and manual complete with supplies and special equipment needed to host your own Trash On the Lawn Day! Afterwards, send us your data and we will send you a report of your results illustrating the savings you might realize by better recycling. 


The NRRA School Recycling Club staff work with facility managers and custodians to evaluate custodial products and practices for indoor air quality impacts. A report assessing all currently used chemical products and providing recommendations for improved practices is generated and reviewed with staff and administrators/management during a second visit or by phone. Follow up assistance is provided as needed.


Star Assessments are NRRA's proprietary school recycling inventory and review. Developed for NRRA by Heather Greenwood, in collaboration with Antioch University New England, the Star Assessment provides a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative report on a school's recycling and waste reduction efforts in five key areas. The report provides clear, unbiased suggestions and areas for improvement as well as base-line data for future examination of your school's recycling program. Star Assessments take roughly an hour (depending on school size) to complete and require access to an entire school. They make a great activity for a Green Team or Recycling Team of students or teachers to start off a year or get better organized.


NRRA offers two outstanding recycling curricula manuals, 3R's of the Common Core: A Teacher's Resource Guide to Solid Waste and Recycling and Teaching Toxics: Creating Solutions to Household Pollution. Lesson plans for each have been divided into grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All lessons have been aligned with national Common Core standards. The manuals are available in print or on-line in PDF format.  Interested in viewing a sample of these curricula?  See NRRA's SHIP Lessons in the Resource Library. 

We also offer two spiral-bound manuals, Closing the Food Loop at School : An On-Site School Composting Guide and School Hazmat 101: A Blueprint for Hazardous Material Management in Schools.

3 R's CoverTeaching Toxics CoverCompost Guide CoverHMM 101 Cover


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School Recycling Club Programs are offered to all Club Members. NRRA Member towns and Waste Management Districts support School Club Membership on behalf of their schools, at no additional charge to the school. If your town or WMD is not a member, the cost to join The Club is only $.07/student for each academic year. For more details on membership or to determine your membership status, please contact us.

NH Schools:  Thanks to NH the Beautiful, all NH schools are eligible for FREE membership in The School Recycling Club.  In addition, NH the Beautiful supports school recycling programs by offering 50% matching grants for School Recycling Club programming.

For the duration of the pandemic, we are offering 25% discounted pricing for our virtual workshops and Star Assessments.





First Classroom Workshop$  400$300
Additional Workshops (Same Day)$  200$150
Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD)$1,000N/A
TOLD to Go Rental Kit$  250*N/A
Green Cleaning/Indoor Air Quality$1,000N/A
Star of Sustainability Assessment$  400**$300
Annual School Recycling ConferenceCall for Pricing 
School Club CurriculaCall for Pricing 
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**Star Assessments are free if done in conjunction with another on-site workshop (same day/location
Prices include all staff travel, report preparation and follow-up
Evening & Weekend Programs
$  0
+ $  100

NRRA members, schools, PTAs, solid waste districts, towns, individuals, green teams or corporate sponsors will not have to worry about paying for the program until it is completed. Instead, anyone interested in NRRA School Recycling Club Programs can simply order the programs they want or authorize NRRA to spend a certain dollar amount, and NRRA will find schools in your town or geographic area that want programs and will place the appro­priate programs there.

Feel free to print a copy of our Menu of Programs.