Solid Waste School Program
The Solid Waste Youth Program offers a variety of interactive lessons, focused on Solid Waste Management topics such as recycling, composting, and landfills. Partial funding to support this program is provided by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation with additional funding from the Broome County Division of Solid Waste Management to provide free education to Broome County residents. Groups must be a part of Broome County to participate.
Recycled Paper Making
- First, learn how
paper is used and created with an interactive presentation complete with real
samples and easy to understand visuals. Youth will learn how this process
affects our environment and experience first-hand how paper is recycled. All
this complete with the finished product to take home!
- Request Recycled Paper Making Lesson
When Trash Comes Back
- This interactive presentation can be delivered on
it’s own or in combination with the “Recycling Lab” for the greater impact.
Discover where our trash comes from, how it connects to our natural resources
and the environmental impact. Students will be fully engaged with vivid
visuals, short videos, and easy to understand analogies. Get the inside scoop
on what’s recyclable in Broome County, how recycling is handled, and the
products (some extremely unique) created as a result.
- Request When Trash Comes Back Lesson
Recycling Lab (3rd-6th)
- This lesson can
easily be offered on it’s own, but is best received when combined with “When
Trash Comes Back.” Youth take on the role of Environmental Scientist when they
receive a (clean) bag of trash to analyze with this hands-on lab. Youth will
discover how trash is connected to natural resources and what can be recycled
in Broome County through experiential learning, the use of reference charts,
and a little teamwork. Your students are bound to be amazed with their new
- Request Recycling Lab
- Request Recycling Lab to Follow "When Trash Comes Back"
Traveling Trash (3rd-6th)
- Youth will discover
how litter impacts the environment and wildlife when not properly sorted into
the appropriate compost, recycle, or trash bins. Supplemented with visuals and
hands-on activities, youth will identify ways to reduce single-use items and help
prevent future litter from entering the environment.
- Request Traveling Trash Lesson
Bag Dilemma (6th-12th)
- Answering the simple
question “Paper, or plastic?” at your local grocery store entails a deeper dive
into the production process and disposal of both options to determine which is
“best” for the environment. Through research, group discussion, and debate,
youth will examine both bag choices from various perspectives from the grocery
store owner, the shopper, and the recycling facility operator.
Request Shopping Bag Dilemma Lesson
Compost Stew with Worm
Bin Discovery (Pre-K-1st)
- Literacy and Science
come together! Discover the “ingredients” for compost through an interactive
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary
Mckenna Siddals. This rhyming story provides the perfect lead-in to an up-close
discovery of “Compost Stew” and the wiggly creatures that help create it.
- Request Compost Stew
Garbage Helps our
Garden Grow with Compost Creatures Discovery (K-3rd)
- Literacy and Science
Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story by Linda
Glaser is an easy to follow, non-fiction piece with vivid step-by-step photos
to share nature’s own form of recycling. Youth are sure to be engaged as they
discover the tiny creatures that recycle garbage in a real compost sample,
equipped with magnifying glasses for a closer look! Due to the availability of creatures, this program is offered from late April through mid October.
- Request Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow
Nature's Recyclers with
Compost Creatures Discovery (4th-6th)
- We all know that paper, plastic, glass, and metal can be
recycled but what about food scraps? Learn more about how nature’s recyclers create
healthy soils and how they can help us keep food scraps out of the landfill. Get up-close
and personal with the decomposers (and even a few predators) that make it all
happen as we search through a real compost sample, equipped with a spoon and
magnifying glass! Due to the availability of creatures, this program is offered from late April through mid October.
- Request Naure's Recyclers
Compost Creatures (6th-12th)
- We all know that
paper, plastic, glass, and metal can be recycled, but what about food scraps?
Learn more about outdoor composting- how it affects our ecological footprint
and the creatures that play a key role in the process. Get an up-close look at
the creatures with a digital microscope after collecting them from a real
compost sample! Due to the availability of creatures, this program is offered from late April through mid October.
- Request Compost Creatures
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Last updated December 16, 2019