by Lija Glemza, University Of Maryland, College Park

Modified by Louis Cristillo, Teachers College, Columbia University

This WebQuest is intended to provide students with multiple sources of information regarding the usefulness of recycling. Students will be able to discuss the costs and benefits of recycling, as well as create their own worldwide recycling plan. They will also create a list of 5 tips that every person can follow to help the global crisis. The WebQuest addresses several ITEEA Standards for Technological Literacy by helping students to: --develop an understanding of the effects of technology on the environment (Standard 5) --develop abilities to assess the impact of products and systems (Standard 13); --develop an understanding of and be able to select and use information and communication technologies (Standard 17)


Help! There is a crisis at hand. The Earth has so many people, we are running out of ways to store their trash!

Is it too late to do anything about it, or can we turn ourselves around? 

In this Webquest, you will be researching the very controversial topic of recycling.



You will be asked to look at the problem from both sides, and understand the costs and benefits of recycling.

Do you think you have what it takes to solve this problem? You will think of a clear response the people of Earth should give to recycling, as well as argue your proposed solution in a debate-type setup in class.

You will also think about the impact that one person can make, and come up with a to-do list that every person can follow to contribute in their own way.

Let's find out if you have what it takes to make a tough, world decision!