How to Make a Poster About Recycling

Updated March 23, 2017

Before you make a poster about recycling, consider what specific objective you wish to relay. The purpose of a poster about recycling is to grab attention, create interest and convey a desired action, such as encouraging others to use products that are not added to landfills. Posters can be general in nature, related to one specific area of recycling, or used to inform people how to reuse, reduce or recycle products. Items that can be recycled include paper, building materials, chemicals, electronics, lead, oil, paint, tires, wood and yard waste.

Get a large poster board, preferably one that is made from recycled material and has a recycling sign in the corner.

Choose a theme for the poster. This may depend on what the poster is used for, such as Earth Day, a school project, a recycling centre or at a community pool to remind people to recycle.

Do research on the chosen theme. Find out all you can about it -- how long the item takes to decompose, the effects on the environment, how it is recycled and alternatives to using any particular item.

Gather pictures to support the theme. For example, pictures could show people drinking out of single-use water bottles versus people drinking out of washable, reusable bottles. Show a contrast, such as what type of items can be recycled from bottles.

Glue pictures of things that can be recycled onto the board. If you are artistic, you can draw your own pictures. Include things like plastic, cans, glass and batteries. Pictures may include places where people go to recycle or recycling companies. More ideas include pictures of animals or people enjoying nature.

Print words in a large clear font with a marker. Ideas include "Go Green," "Save our Earth," "It Pays to Recycle," "It's Time to Recycle" and "Work Together to Reduce Trash." Make sure that the words relate to the pictures used.

Things You'll Need

  • Poster board
  • Pictures
  • Glue
  • Markers
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