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Schools – share your Trash Hacks with us until 30 April 2021!

UNESCO wants to know your school’s Trash Hack, and share your actions against waste with the world!

Schools – share your Trash Hacks with us until 30 April 2021!


Celebration is at the core of the Trash Hack campaign. By sharing your schools’ Trash Hacks you can increase your impact and help to change the world!

How you celebrate and share your Trash Hack is up to you and your students – it could be through videos, photos, interviews, news articles, song, dance, series of lunch time talks… the list is endless! Whatever you decide, we want you to share it with us and it could be featured on our website and be part of our global Trash Hack celebrations in May 2021 for the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development.

The deadline is 30 April 2021.

How to share your Trash Hack

Send your Trash Hack by email to trashhack@unesco.org and attach:

1. The image/video/text file of your Trash Hack!

For videos, upload onto YouTube or Vimeo and send us the link!

For images, if the file is too large, use a transfer service such as https://wetransfer.com/, Google Drive or Dropbox.

You are more than encouraged to send as many materials as possible for the creation of future videos of this campaign.

But regarding publication on the website: if you send more than one element (photo or video), kindly indicate only one element (photo or video) in addition to a short sentence as caption. In the case of a video, simply indicate the corresponding youtube/Vimeo link.

2. A Trash Hack Submission Form

Fill out this form which tells us all about you and your Trash Hack. Download here

3. A Grant of Rights Form

This lets us share your Trash Hack with the world! Download here

4. Permission forms for anyone in the image or video

This lets us know you have secured the consent of each person in the photograph or video, or their parent or guardian if they are a minor. Download here.

Tips for producing great content

Need inspiration for celebrating your Trash Hack? UNESCO partner the Foundation for Environmental Education’s Young Reporters for the Environment have great tips to share.


Check out the YRE videography workshop for lots of ideas of how to best frame a message, a shot, conduct an interview and much more from FEE and YRE alumni.

You don’t need expensive equipment to make a great video– focus on the story you want to tell!

What makes a great video:

  • Good research and interesting interviews
  • Clear solution of how to reduce waste
  • Makes fighting waste seem easy and fun!

Making Videos101: https://youtu.be/bTT_TZpeNCw


Photography 101:



Writing 101: https://youtu.be/Sf-Z8XGAd9c

And be inspired by past YRE winners

Why celebrate your Trash Hack?

Moments of celebration are important for learners to reflect and articulate their ideas, struggles and strengths during and after a project. They can give them time to show that they are proud of what they have achieved, share what they have learned and possibly see how their ideas can have impact and influence.

The Trash Hack: Action learning for sustainable development teacher’s guide gives examples to celebrate each activity, but these moments will also come naturally from what the students have done, written or acted.

Celebrations could involve things like a small exhibition, sharing of students´ feelings and learnings, inviting relevant people to hold a talk, making a video, a song or a series of photographs. Be guided by your students and their passions – celebration should above all be joyous for all learners.