This Vox video explores how difficult it is for people to decide what to recycle and what not to recycle.
It shows people's habits when it comes to recycling, the varying recycling programs in the United States, and the lessons learned in order to prevent recycling contamination and aspirational recycling.
Through the questions asked in the video, students will understand that it mirrors their reality and will try to think about a solution and reflect on the lesson at the end of the video.
Students must be familiar with the recycling process and because recycling varies by location, you should get familiar with what is and is not recyclable in your area.
There may be an ad at the beginning of the video.
The teacher could start with the same question for the students to find out about their habits in recycling.
Students could develop an action plan defining how they could positively influence recycling in their communities, as ambassadors for recycling.
In social studies classes, teachers could use this video to create a "What do we do with our waste?" chart for a lesson about recycling.
This resource is a 4-minute video that examines the complexity in deciding what materials are recyclable and which are garbage. The influence of single stream recycling is briefly presented, and some actions to improve the situation are presented. This resource is recommended for teaching.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS.ESS3.4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
Social Science Analysis (K-12)
6.27 Assess individual and collective capacities to take action to address local and regional issues, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.