Why Learn About Litter and Recycling?
Let’s work towards a CLEANER and HEALTHY Future (for you and your environment!) The impact of improper disposal of waste not only impacts the health of the environment, it can also be detrimental to your health, as well. Do you ever wonder:
- What happens to the items I recycle?
- Is recycling really worth the effort?
- Why should I attempt to reduce the amount of garbage I create?
- What are the waste reduction and recycling options available in the county?
- Really, how harmful is a piece of litter?
By learning the facts, living a more environmentally responsible lifestyle is no longer a nuisance. With understanding, taking the time to disposal of waste correctly becomes part of everyday routine instead of an unnecessary chore.
Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling conducts a number of FREE environmental education presentations to increase awareness of environmental stewardship. Audiences include but are not limited to:
- Adult Groups (Garden Clubs, Fraternal Organizations, etc.)
- Youth Groups (Scouts, 4-H, etc.)
- School Groups (Including Classrooms from Preschool through High School)
Westmoreland Cleanways’ educational programs are constantly being updated to ensure timeliness and relevance to the environmental challenges we face. To learn more about our educational programs or to schedule a presentation, call 724-879-4020 or email our Program Director.
Suggested Programs for Adults
Westmoreland Cleanways Updates/News, Recycling options in the County, Backyard composting, or personalized presentation based on the needs of the group. Email our Executive Director for more details.
Download a printable list of our youth programs listed below. (You will need the free program Adobe Reader to open this PDF file. Get Reader here.)
Adventures of a Plastic Bottle
Focusing on energy, water usage, and conservation of natural resources; follow a plastic bottle’s life cycle as it starts as oil and ending as a t-shirt. Conclude the program with a Trivia board game (created by Westmoreland Cleanways).
Backyard Composting, an Introduction
This simple method of disposing of kitchen and yard waste can reduce the solid waste stream by as much as 28%. Learn the basics of composting and what it takes to have a successful composting bin.
Construct a three dimensional garbage pizza, a pie chart of the Municipal Solid Waste discarded in the United Sates per year. Using the pizza as a visual, analyze the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.
Interactive displays developed by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful can be used as a stand-alone display or can be the focus of a presentation.
- Litter Board: This board helps create litter awareness by matching a common litter item with its correct decomposition time.
- Recycle Board: Helps create recycling awareness by matching a common recyclable item with its correct “new” product.
I Want to Be Recycled
Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to improve our community and conserve natural resources. Learn the facts about recycling in the area and the new materials created by recycling. When age appropriate and space allows, will include a Recycling Relay Race. (Will only present in communities with recycling programs)
What happens to your garbage after it is picked up by the garbage truck? What are the environmental impacts of landfills, and what structures are in place to limit that impact? Students will build a landfill and test its impact on the nearby environment.
Open Your Eyes to Litter
“Open your Eyes to Litter” introduces students to the concept that litter is all around us; a problem that affects us as well as plants and animals.
Recycling a ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and a huge amount of landfill space. Find out how paper is recycling into new office paper, and what other products can be made from recycled paper. Students will also have a chance to make paper.
The Pyramid Game, The What and Why of Recycling
Become contestants on the pyramid game show (younger generations won’t get the reference, but it’s fun for them all the same). Players attempt to guess a series of words or phrases based on descriptions given to them by their teammates. The game focuses on different recyclable material with discussions about recycling between each round.
Brainstorm different ways to reduce the amount “trash” a person produces, and creative ways to reuse “trash.” The highlight of this program is making a craft “reusing” items that would normally be thrown away. (The actual craft will depend on the age of the group and the time of year.)
Introduce the practice of composting kitchen scraps using redworms and the benefits of composting. Identify a variety of worm anatomy/behaviors and have the opportunity to observe the redworms. Interested groups or classrooms can adopt a worm bin for a month.
Made to Order
Develop a presentation around a specific topic (e.g., helping a Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop earn a specific badge)
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