Recycle Week: CREST Awards & STEM Activities!
October 17th 2023

Recycle Week: CREST Awards & STEM Activities!

Happy 20th Anniversary Recycle Week!

Recycle Week 2023 takes place between the 16th and 22nd October 2023. This year’s theme – The Big Recycling Hunt – focuses on “missed capture”, the items that can be recycled but are commonly missed in the home including food tins, plastic cleaning and toiletry bottles, pots, tubs and trays.

Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, organised by WRAP via Recycle Now. The aim of the week is to encourage the public to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from all around the home.

– Official WRAP Information & Resources

There are many ways to get involved with the campaign, including:

Online Resources

Recycling with BBC Bitesize
BBC Teach: Recycle Week 2023 – School Assembly Ideas

Scroll down for more recycling activities & resources for your class, STEM club or community group


CREST is a STEM enrichment programme for young people that inspires, enables and rewards open ended project work. CREST has a phenomenal library of FREE resources for all ages along with accredited resources from partnering organisations.

CREST offer a vast array of environmental projects for both primary & secondary students.

CREST Superstar (Age 7-11)
A Special New Tree (Green Spaces)
Recycle Re-use
Tree Trouble

CREST Bronze Award (Age 11+)
Waste Free Lunch

CREST Discovery Award
Sustainable Solutions
Enrich My Classroom – Design a classroom of the future that promotes recycling!

More Environmental Projects
Climate Science Resource Pack
Clean Growth

Practical Action

Practical Action have a range of Global Project Ideas & environmental activities. Global Project Ideas provide an excellent starting point for pupils wanting to do a project based on Global issues, these can be completed as part of the CREST Awards Scheme.


Visit our Recycling board on Pinterest!

We’ve gathered together hundreds of projects, ideas and activities along with lesson plans, posters & classroom ideas.

All of our boards are categorised by projects, events & seasons.


STEM Learning offers support, information, ideas and resources for your class and STEM Club.

View STEM Learning’s Recycle Week 2023 Resource Collection

STEM Clubs Activity: Save The World With STEM
Activity 3 – Making plastics with potatoes
Students create a bioplastic from potatoes and discuss the implications of
replacing traditional plastics.

Pulp to Paper
Children pulp newspaper and use it to make a sheet of recycled paper.

Recycling Plastics
This film, from Twig World, looks at the differences between thermosetting, thermosoftening and partially biodegradable plastics, and how they can be recycled.

STEM Club: Forces & Recycling
Aimed at older primary level, these resources help to put curriculum science in a real life context and provide many opportunities for working scientifically. They link to work on forces aiming to extend understanding to the application of forces used in sorting and recycling materials

Recycling on the International Space Station
This clip, from NASA, joins engineers at NASA and astronauts on board the International Space Station to learn about the importance of recycling. Find out how NASA is solving the challenge of giving astronauts water to use without wasting any with the new Water Recovery System.

More recycling resources from STEM Learning…

As North West Regional CREST Support OrganisationAll About STEM promote CREST Awards across the region and point schools & clubs to the support they need to run this amazing scheme. CREST Awards encourage students to work like scientists, researchers, engineers and designers to investigate and explore their own project ideas.

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