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Recycling Scavenger Hunt

There are many different materials in your recycling bin – but how easy are they to recycle?

Recycling is an important part of a material’s lifecycle and prevents materials from simply being buried in a landfill site. To help work out whether or not your packaging can be recycled there are symbols on some packaging to help you find out.

Collect some packaging (such as crisp packets, drinks cans and plastic milk bottles) , download the Recycling Scavenger Hunt sheet here  and watch our video to help explore whether or not the packaging you have collected can be recycled.

Equipment needed

  • Recycling Scavenger Hunt sheet (download it here )
  • Packaging materials
  • Pen / pencil


  • Cuts – Any broken glass that may be in the recycling bin

Discussion points

  • Is everything that you put in your recycling bin recyclable?
  • What are the symbols for different plastics?

Curriculum Links

  • Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.

Relevant links and pages

  • Use our to Materials Scavenger Hunt to help think about what things around you are made from and why they are made from that material
  • Investigate the different materials in your recycling and how to easily separate them by trying our Separating Materials activity
  • Join Jon Wood to find out more about why plastic is used for packaging by watching this video (it is about 25 mins long)