Recycling Contest Marketing and Education

We have put together some easy to use marketing and educational materials to accompany this contest.

Email Template

Copy+paste the below into the body of an email, replace school with the name of your school, and share!

Electronic Recycling Competition Poster 2015Planning a spring cleaning in your home or office? Save aside your old electronic components and appliances for a community-wide recycling contest to support school.

For the month of April, school will participate in an electronics recycling competition to help divert electronic devices from our landfill and keep reusable electronics available to our community.

Drop off your electronics at NextStep at 2101 W 10th Ave, M-Sat, 8:30-5pm during the month of April and ask your donation to be credited to school or stop by school from April 13 to April 20 and use our on site bins. We will be collecting working or broken electronics: toys, cell phones, monitors, computer and phone cables, laptops, keyboards and mice, hair dryers, blenders…everything from coffee makers and toasters to the cardboard box they came in.

The results from our effort will be weighed at the end of the month and the school with the most pounds of recycled electronics wins!


Flyer & Flyer Template


Video Resources

Helpful for assemblies or short class presentations.


This short video provides a concise, easy to understand overview of the benefits of recycling electronics and what NextStep is and does.

The Story of Electronics

The Story of Electronics, released in November 2011, employs the Story of Stuff style to explore the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green ‘race to the top’ where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.

Watch Your Dead Tech Get Demolished at an E-Waste Recycling Plant

Gizmodo made this video showing what exactly happens to your old electronics in an e-waste recycling plant in upstate New York.

Related Field Trips

BRING offers field trips at no cost to the schools to educate kids about waste. Even the bus is paid for.


Web Sites

Secret Life of a Smart Phone
Geared towards 6th to 8th graders, this educational poster shows the life cycle of a cell phone from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. It explains the importance of life cycle management and encourages reuse and recycling. The poster also contains games and activities. Available in both English and Spanish.

FAQs on E-waste
This list of frequently asked questions provides answers to common questions about e-waste management, such as how much e-waste is in the waste stream and what are the benefits of electronics recycling.

Lane County Recycling
It is against state law to dispose of TVs, computers, monitors, and laptops in the garbage. Lane County participates in the statewide collection program E-Cycles, offering free recycling at six Lane County transfer sites.


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Infographic by CustomMade

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