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American Journal of Educational Research. 2017, 5(9), 970-972
DOI: 10.12691/education-5-9-7
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Recycling as an Environmental Awareness Tool in Public Schools: Working with Waste and Building Values in a Brazilian City

Elissa Stephanie de Oliveira Torres1, Rayssa Maria do Nascimento1, Gyovanni Dhieymyson Oliveira Lima1, Rosiane Leite dos Santos Soares1, Juliano Keyton Dantas2, Fábio André Bispo de Melo1 and Dany Geraldo Kramer1,

1Faculty of Health Sciences of Traíri – FACISA, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

2Secretary of Education, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Pub. Date: September 28, 2017

Cite this paper:
Elissa Stephanie de Oliveira Torres, Rayssa Maria do Nascimento, Gyovanni Dhieymyson Oliveira Lima, Rosiane Leite dos Santos Soares, Juliano Keyton Dantas, Fábio André Bispo de Melo and Dany Geraldo Kramer. Recycling as an Environmental Awareness Tool in Public Schools: Working with Waste and Building Values in a Brazilian City. American Journal of Educational Research. 2017; 5(9):970-972. doi: 10.12691/education-5-9-7


In Brazil, the generation of 78 million tons of waste annually occurs, 35.2% of municipalities dispose of it improperly, resulting in environmental risks and health. In socially disadvantaged regions, this problem intensifies, and it is opportune to take actions that can increase reuse / recycling and rational consumption. Thus, the present study aimed to carry out interventions, with this theme, in public schools of a Brazilian city. The interventions (lectures, talk wheels and workshops) approached rational consumption, waste classifications and recycling as central axes. 150 students were involved in the suggested activities, in which they have intense participation, developing dozens of products from recyclable materials, such as toys, educational games and objects holder. In this way, it was possible to conclude that these actions are relevant, in order to contribute to the appropriation of the contents by the students and their change of behavior as transforming agents of society, mitigating the problems associated with solid urban waste in their communities.

Northeast Brazil sustainability waste recycling

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