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Recycling in the Community

Recycling Presentations for Community Groups and Classrooms

If your organization or classroom is interested in learning more about recycling and the city's program, please email

Resources for Educators

MRF in Action lesson kit is available for area teachers to checkout at the UNCW Curriculum Materials Center, located in the Education building, room 127. Contact Kathryn Batten, UNCW, at 910.962.3362 or, to discuss details. Learn more about the Curriculum Materials Center.

The MRF Lesson follows state standards and objectives for 4th graders. This lesson can be adapted to fit any grade level. For more details, please see the lesson plan.

Materials Recovery Facility Overview

Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it leaves your home? Enter the world of Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) - the centers that sort and separate our recycling. In this lesson, students will navigate their way through the sorting process, learning about the technology and tools used to turn yesterday's trash into tomorrow's treasures. Perfect for elementary classroom and home-school teachers, this lesson will give your students the chance to use their math, science, and critical thinking skills in a new way!

MRF Lesson

Pre-Lesson Activities

Post-Lesson Activities

Event Recycling and Waste Diversion Guide

Click here for the Event Recycling and Waste Diversion Guide, an informational resource for event coordinators planning large or small events.

Where Does My Recycling Go?

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