Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Action

CHALLENGE– The 3 R’s in Action

Design a project capable of REDUCING waste in your classroom, school or home and document highlights of this project in the form of a short video (7 minutes or less).

The list of  Eligible Schools can be found at the bottom of the page.

Please contact Johanne Ryan at 689-1046 or for full contest details.


Finalists will present their projects at a fair to be held at Brazil Secondary School in late February/early March.

Winners and runners-up will receive
iPads, GoPro Cameras, and/or Wireless Earbuds!

Why should we reduce waste?

In 2010, T&T produced over 89, 461 tonnes of plastic and this figure is growing. Every year, a lot of plastic and other types of waste are disposed in T&T’s landfills. But landfills can pollute air, water and soil. Plus, the garbage thrown in parts of our environment, including rivers and seas, can harm wildlife and human beings. You can help by choosing to reduce, reuse and recycle. By refusing to buy items that you don’t need (reducing), reusing items more than once and recycling items that are no longer needed, you help make the earth a healthier place. A major point to note is that the best way to decrease the amount of waste you produce is to reduce the amount you use in the first place.

Reduce Reuse Recycle in Action’ competition

3 R’s in Action invites teams to complete challenges on the theme of reducing the amount of solid waste generated in either their classroom, school or home. Extra points will be awarded to teams that reduce waste in more than one of the three areas (classroom, school, home). For example, if your team successfully reduced waste at home and at school you will receive more points than the team that only successfully reduces waste at home. Points will also be awarded based on the amount of garbage reduced. The more solid waste you reduce, the higher your score!


 To provide an opportunity for teachers and students to develop and implement waste reduction strategies

• To provide an opportunity for teachers and students to integrate pro-environmental activism into their curricula

• To increase awareness of the waste generated by our daily activities and provide an incentive to develop solutions

• To provide incentives for student groups to work cooperatively to develop creative and innovative solutions to environmental challenges

• To assess the physical and social impact of pro-environmental projects of participating groups.


Duration:   1 October 2019 – 17 January 2020.


• Open to secondary school students

• Teams may consist of a maximum of 4 students and 1 teacher

• Any number of teams from a school can participate however the school must select the 2 best teams to enter the competition. No more than 2 teams per school will be judged for the competition.

Deadline for submissions: 17 January 2019

To enter:

• Email to the names of the persons on your team, your school and the name of the teacher who will be guiding you. Registration opens on October 1 st 2019.

Challenge – The Three Rs in Action

Design, implement and document a project addressing the introduction of three R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) strategies, with an emphasis on reducing waste, in your classroom, school or home. The waste should not be channeled to another location (e.g. moved from school to home) but eliminated. This project can build on waste reduction work already done.

You must document highlights of this project in the form of a video. The video must include information on:

• Why we should reduce, reuse and recycle and must show emphasis on reducing as the best way to manage solid waste. Highlight the harmful effects of single-use plastics on the environment.

• Your plan to reduce the waste in your classroom/school/home.

• Your campaign: How did you get the people around you excited about reducing, reusing and recycling?

• A waste assessment conducted in your school, classroom or home at the beginning and end of your project. (A Waste Assessment sheet is provided). Show us how much waste you reduced!

• The activities you did to reduce the amount of waste in your classroom/school/home

The time limit for the video is 7 minutes. Here are some ideas to consider for your project and video. You can include:

• Testimonies from the Principal, teachers, students or family members about your project

• Footage from any clean-ups you and your team participated in
• Your song, if you participated in the bonus song challenge (see description below).

Waste Assessment (Required)

Assess how much solid waste is produced by your classroom/school/home. Do any one or all of these activities:

• If you belong to an environmental club OR wish to form your own group, select ONE week at the beginning of your project and record the number of garbage bags filled at the end of each day for one week (5 days – not less). At the end of your project, record the number of garbage bags filled at the end of each day for one week. If possible, measure the amounts of waste produced (weight, volume, number, etc.) Record the information on the sheets provided.

• Identify the types of waste produced by students. Record the information on the sheet provided. It is best to do this at the start of your project.

Please download the Waste Assessment Form HERE!

Community activity (Optional)

Participate in a beach or river clean-up, or organize your own clean-up in your school. Provide the figures on how much of each type of garbage was collected at the clean-up.

Bonus challenge (Optional)

Create a song (in the soca, calypso, chutney or any other genre), describing any one or all of the following:

• The harmful effects of single-use plastics on the environment

• Why we should reduce waste

• How we, in T&T, can reduce waste


You must first upload your video to YouTube. Then, submit all of the following to

• The YouTube link to your video

• All your completed waste assessment sheets

• If you did a song, a copy of the lyrics of your song. Also you must include your song in the video that you make!

• The names of all the team members, your guiding teacher and your school and a phone and email contact for your teacher and your team leader.

Selection of Winners

Students will be judged based on the following criteria:

1. Explanation and accuracy of the knowledge presented on reducing, reusing and recycling.

2. Effectiveness of the strategy to reduce the amount of solid waste in the classroom/school and/or home

3. Creativity of strategies that successfully reduced solid waste

4. Relevance of the actions implemented within the project

5. Engaging storytelling techniques used in the video

6. You must focus on the ‘Reduce’ aspect the most. Strategies to reduce waste will receive the most points, followed by reusing, then recycling.

Finalists will present their projects at a fair in February/March 2020. Date TBA. Winners will be announced at the fair! Prizes to be won!

Please download a copy of these 3R’s Competition Rules HERE!

Some helpful resources to help get your project started

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – Waste Reduction.

Reducing Waste: What You Can Do.

This competition is brought to you by the project, PAN (Protect And Nurture) Trinidad and Tobago. The PAN project is a collaboration among Widener University, The University of the West Indies, the Council of Presidents of the Environment, Faculty of Brazil Secodnary School and Queens Royal College, The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) TT and the Asa Wright Nature Centre.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Action

Secondary School Competition

2019 Eligible Schools

  1. ASJA Girls’ College Tunapuna
  2. Arima Government Secondary School
  3. Arima North Secondary School
  4. Bishop Anstey High School East
  5. Bishop Anstey/Trinity College Sixth Form
  6. Blanchissuese Secondary School
  7. Bon Air Secondary School
  8. Brazil Secondary School
  9. Carapichaima West Secondary
  10. Couva East Secondary School
  11. Cowen Hamilton Secondary School
  12. Debe Secondary School
  13. El Dorado East Secondary
  14. El Dorado West Secondary School
  15. Five Rivers Government Secondary School
  16. Fyzabad Anglican Secondary
  17. Gasparillo Secondary School
  18. Hillview College
  19. Holy Cross College
  20. Iere High School
  21. Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College
  22. Malabar Government Secondary School
  23. Malick Secondary School
  24. Marabella North Secondary School
  25. Mason Hall Secondary School
  26. Matelot Community College
  27. Mt. Hope Secondary School
  28. Naparima Girls’ High School
  29. Pentecostal Light and Life High School
  30. Pleasantville Secondary School
  31. Princes Town West Secondary School
  32. Queen’s Royal College
  33. San Juan North Secondary
  34. San Juan South Secondary School
  35. Siparia East Secondary
  36. Speyside High School
  37. St Anthony’s College
  38. St. Augustine Girls’ High School
  39. St. Augustine Secondary School
  40. St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph
  41. St. Joseph Secondary School
  42. Tunapuna Government Secondary School
  43. Valencia Secondary
  44. Vessigny Secondary School
  45. Vishnu Boys’ Hindu College

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