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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics, Civics, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Video, 3 minutes, 24 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin



How to Recycle Electronics in Wisconsin

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  • This article and brief video provides detailed instructions on how to safely recycle electronic devices and equipment in the state of Wisconsin.
  • It discusses why electronics should be recycled and details how to prepare their devices for recycling, how to protect their personal data, and where to find a recycler.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is easy to understand and is very informative.
  • Students will benefit from the structure of the resource, which breaks down the concepts presented into manageable pieces. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a prior understanding of the benefits of recycling. 
  • Younger students may need some vocabulary terms identified prior to reading.


  • Try using the linked flier as inspiration for a poster that students could create to post around the classroom or school to help others identify recyclable items.  There is also a link specifically for schools to explore with students.
  • This resource would work well as a jigsaw activity, where students become experts on different facets of recycling and share their learning with their classmates.
  • Other resources that would pair well with this activity would include Recycled Paper, Nigerian Recyclers Battle Rising Tide of E-Waste and Milly Zantow: Recycling Revolutionary.
  • A fun activity to try after going through this resource would be to have students create a campaign to raise awareness about how to recycle electronics. Students could create posters, videos, or other media to engage their community and explain how and why electronics should be recycled.
Scientist Notes
This resource does not have any specific science to review but it has been developed by qualified individuals and is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
      • RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.1.8.CivicsPI.3.c: Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental contexts.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
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    • Love it! This resource is useful for anyone who wants to recycle responsibly! 😊😊
      7 months ago