The Tools for School toolkit provides everything educators or students will need to organize a cleanup through their school community. Included in the tool kit are tips to conduct litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections, and educational events and resources to help implement the event. Contact your local affiliate to learn about local programs being offered in your community or how you can get involved!
Cleanups –Information on organizing litter and illegal dump cleanups of our roadsides, streams, beaches, parks, forests and neighborhoods to build and sustains clean, green and more beautiful communities.
Learn how to organize a cleanup in your community:
Make a difference in your community and adopt a road or area and keep it litter free:
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Adoption Program – How to adopt a local road, trail, park, waterway, or city block.
PennDOT Road Adoption Program – How to adopt a state road.
Develop a school-wide stewardship ethic by keeping your school grounds litter free:
Litter Free School Zone
Learn the consequences of waterway trash, how to prevent it and how to clean it up:
Talking Trash and Taking Action – Developed by the Ocean Conservancy as a means to educate the next generation about ocean trash and how we all can prevent it.
10 Steps to Organizing a Waterway Cleanup – A solution to waterway pollution with ten steps to organizing a waterway cleanup.
Recycling and Related Activities – Recycling is a process to create new items from old and used materials. Learn ways to recycle or participate in national recycling programs
I Want to Be Recycled – Public Service Announcement by the Ad Council and Keep America Beautiful as a public service advertising campaign designed to raise awareness about the benefits of recycling with the goal to make recycling a daily social norm.
America Recycles Day – the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States and isthe initiative of Keep America Beautiful,
Recyclemania – friendly competition designed for colleges and universities to benchmark and improve efforts to reduce or eliminate waste.
Recycle Rally – A free nationwide school recycling program designed for K-12 schools. It provides downloadable resources and incentives to inspire students and their communities to become proud and frequent recyclers.
Waste in Place – Guide developed by Keep America Beautiful to help students learn about litter prevention, beautification and community greening, recycling, and managing solid waste.
A Bag’s Life – Learn about plastic bag recycling by the Plastics Industry Trade Association
Special Collection Event Guidelines– Guide developed by Keep Pennyslvania Beautiful for help when having Special Collection Recycling Events.
KPB Tire Collection Event Guidelines – Guide developed by Keep Pennyslvania Beautiful to help communities organize a tire recycling event.
Litter Prevention and Related Activities:
6 Week Trash Free Challenge – Developed by the Ocean Conservancy, a fun and slightly competitive way to form new habits that will prevent trash from entering our ocean.
6 Degrees of Separation Info-graphic – developed by the Ocean Conservancy to help fight for trash free seas.
Talking Trash and Taking Action – Also developed by the Ocean Conservancy, this is a means to educate the next generation about ocean trash and how we all can prevent it.
Waste in Place– Another great publication by Keep America Beautiful, to help students learn about litter prevention, beautification and community greening, recycling, and managing solid waste.
Litter Letter Project – a progressive public art project designed by Hatley and Associates, LLC to get residents to think about how litter affects the community and the environment.
Links to Other Resources
Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful – Youth Initiatives: A starter Guide
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Environmental Protection Agency
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration