Why do we recycle?  

Recycling is so important! It prevents pollution, reduces the need to harvest new raw materials, saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves money, reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, and allows products to be used to their fullest extent.

But how do we know which items are recyclable and which have to be disposed of in landfills?


Your task is to create a game in Scratch where the user will have to determine whether an object should be recycled by clicking on the object.

You can find the final game here… 

You will also increase your own awareness of the importance of recycling.


Watch the video "Why recycling is important" as an introduction.

Discuss in pairs or in a group diffrent ways to increase awarness of the importance of recycling.

Make a game that encourages children to learn how to recycle.

Your code should…  

  • Prompt the user to click on the recyclable objects (for example a plastic water bottle or aluminium can). 
  • If the user clicks on the correct object, 1 should be added to the score. 
  • If the user clicks on an incorrect object (for example food waste or polystyrene), 1 should be subtracted from the score. 
  • A timer should stop and give the player a 10 second time limit.

Follow the step by step instructions that you can find under Documents in resources. 



You are now able to make a game in Scratch! This game was one way to rais awernes of the importance of recycling. Can you come up with an idea of another game that does the same?

Learning Objectives

  • You also should be comfortable accessing and finding sounds from the scratch sound library.
  • You should be comfortable creating and importing your own backgrounds and sprites in scratch.
  • You should be able to confidently create and use variables in scratch (such as a score counter and a timer) 
  • You should be able to inspire other people to recycle.