Educational Materials

Education is a large part of SAVE's mission. Here you can see presentations and other educational materials that we have put together on various recycling-related topics. SAVE staff and volunteers are also available to give presentations at schools in the Helena area. In the past we have presented to several schools in Helena, as well as Townsend. Please contact recycle @ if you would like SAVE to present to your school or organization.


Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - This presentation is geared toward younger children and addresses the importance of the 3 Rs.

The Basics of Recycling - Outlines the basic process of recycling and why it is important.

Recycling in Your School - Describes different models for school recycling programs. Check out this worksheet to get your school's recycling program started too!

Fact Sheets

Plastic Recycling Fact Sheet - Learn about the recycling process in Helena, what your plastic can be recycled into, and read some Frequently Asked Questions about plastic!

Greening Your Life: Tips and Tricks to Get You Started - Some simple things that you can do to decrease your imprint on the Earth.

Alternative Transportation in Helena - Getting around Helena without starting your car (unless it is a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle of course).

Lesson Plans and Activities

Litter Lesson (Grades 1-3) - Covers the basics of litter and why it can be harmful to the environment. Includes an outdoor clean-up activity.

The 3 Rs Lesson (Grades 1-3) - Discusses the 3 Rs of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Includes a recycling relay activity.

Save the Planet Word Search - A wordsearch made up of key words from the 3 Rs lesson and the litter lesson.


The below video shows the July 2009 collection and baling of plastics at SAVE's plastics drive. This event is a unique example of event based recycling designed to augment recycling infrastructure in a rural community that would otherwise have no plastics recycling option. All rights reserved by and artist Hannah Grotbo.