The following are resources for dealing with specific types of waste, exploring environmental stewardship in the classroom, and how to ensure you are doing the most you can to decrease individual impact on the environment.
Looking for an activity to do with your class? Find examples here! https://ceee.uni.edu/find-an-activity
A lot of us have good intentions. When we’re provided the option to recycle, we toss what we think of as recyclable trash into the appropriate bin, and assume our job is over: Our waste will be recycled, and we’ve done our part. But, as we are about to learn, this isn’t always true. All plastic is not created equal. Some plastic, like the durable #1 PET (also called PETE, and when recycled, rPET), is inherently reusable—it can be melted down and reused again and again without loss of function. And other types of plastics not as easily recycled wind up in landﬁlls.
These items are trash and will contaminate the recycling process
Start a Recycling Program in Your Facility
Terracycle Collection programs: http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades – If you don’t have recycling at your school, here are items that can be shipped off for free, e.g., Scotch Tape Recycling Program.
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. 1. Dumping 2. Burning 3. Recycling 4.Waste minimization
The History of Waste: http://environmentalchemistry.com/yogi/environmental/wastehistory.html
International Compost Awareness Week
May 5-11, 2019
Theme: Cool the Climate – Compost
Start Composting at Home
Build your own compost bin using low cost materials. Click here for instructions.
Check out our composting education for students here!
Ever wonder how compost is made? Check out this video by edutainer Stan Slaughter. *This video is the property of Missouri Organic and is meant for educational purposes.