Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District

Classroom Resources Grades 7-12

Electronics Recycling in Missouri

PowerPoint Presentation emailed upon request,
contact Jill Hollowell
at jhollowell@meramecregion.org
or call 573-265-2993.

Is your old T.V. considered a hazardous waste?

Through a PowerPoint presentation, students review data about electronics waste in the United States.  High school students will learn about the properties of elements and compounds commonly used in electronics.  Junior high students learn about conductors, semi-conductors and insulators.  Finally participants learn how they can recycle their computer at no charge through the Missouri Computer Equipment Collection and Recovery Act and find out about the resources at:   ecycle missouri

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations addressed:
Strand 1 – Grade 7: 2. A. l.;  Grade 8: 1. A.; Grade 9–11: 1. A. b. d. Strand 4 – Grade 9-11: 1. D.
Strand 5 – Grade 9–11: 3. A.
Strand 8 – Grade 6-12: 1. C., 3. B.

How are plastic bottles recycled?

Plastic bottles make life so much easier. They’re lightweight and easy to hold, and they’re also strong and hard to break. A plastic bottle is the best way to contain and carry many kinds of liquid, from water and soft drinks to oil to household cleaners and baby formula. The plastic bottle is a great invention, but what happens to it when that handy container is empty?http://www.oberk.com/how-are-plastic-bottles-recycled

Do you want to be a garbologist?

By Roberta Crowell Barbalace
The study of garbage has given us much insight into civilizations of yesteryear. It has been instrumental in solving crimes. It has even resulted in the fall of an American president.

Humans are by their very nature careless with trash. It is not a trait of the 20th century. Garbologists have discovered that people let trash fall where it may.

As the timeline of garbage history suggests (below), there has been a problem of trash from man’s earliest time. Four basic means of dealing with trash have been used over and over in history:   dumping, burning, recycling, and waste minimization.
The History of Waste:  http://environmentalchemistry.com/yogi/environmental/wastehistory.html

How Recycling Works (video):

Materials Recovery Facility, Cans, Plastic, Glass, Cartons, Paper

Video tour of a landfill

ORSWMD is able to reimburse bus transportation fees for schools touring landfills/recycling centers.

Missouri Environmental Education Association


Terracycle Collection programs

If you don’t have recycling at your school, here are items that can be shipped off for free.

Keep America Beautiful Campaign


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