3 Bin Relay Race

3 Bin Relay Race

Adapted from: FoodShare Waste in Our Food Systems Facilitator Guide
Target Age: Elementary (K-5)
Key Learning Goals: Understand how to properly use 3 waste bins
Equipment Necessary: 3 bins, food packages, boxes, plastic bottles, foods, or printed out photos of anything previously mentioned
Activity Type: Standalone game
Directions: Run a relay race where two teams need to sort each type of waste into the correct bin. You can then discuss how they chose to sort them. If possible, play after waste discussion from ‘Talking Food Waste’ activity.


  • Fruit scraps – Green bin
  • Vegetable scraps – Green bin
  • Pop bottles – Recycling
  • Cereal box – Recycling
  • Plastic fruit container – Garbage
  • Paper bag – Green bin or Recycling
  • Cans – Recycling
  • Plastic bags – Garbage
  • Chop sticks – Garbage
  • Egg shells – Green bin
  • Bottles – Recycling
  • Coffee grounds and tea leaves – Green bin
  • Old bread – Green bin
  • Chicken bones – Green bin
  • Plastic wrap – Garbage
  • Polystyrene cups – Recycling
  • Glass jars – Recycling