How Plastic Recycling Actually Works

Those recycled plastic bottles end up as some pretty interesting things in their second lives. A lesson explains the process of recycling plastic. Scholars learn about the different products of recycled plastic—including t-shirts!

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite an employee of a recycling plant to come speak about the process
  • Bring in samples of different plastic bottles and compare the properties of the different types of plastic
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a basic understanding of the chemical bonding

  • Provides links to additional videos to further study the topic
  • Narrator shows excitement for the topic which makes the lesson more engaging

  • None