Education Program for Schools


suppliesWe have staff available to present these four curriculum modules. Please call Denise Barnes at 608-1023 for more information and scheduling.

Note: Classes can be tailored to one grade level up or down for more flexibility.

Grades K-2: Reduce Reuse Recycle!

A discussion about what happens to our stuff after we are done with it. Includes a short 10 minutes video called Recycle Rex and a sort game.  Reduce, reuse, recycle is examined as an alternative to landfill disposal. Props include samples of recyclable/non-recyclable packaging, compost material.

Estimated in-class presentation time: 45 minutes 

Grades 3-5: Reduce, Reuse…Then Recycle!

A look at ways to reduce our waste and reuse what we purchase. This is a hands-on presentation with lots of props and interactive discussion. A video called The Rotten Truth (VHS only) is also available.

Estimated in-class presentation time: 1 hour

Grades 6-12: Trash Facts Jeopardy

A fun way to learn about solid waste facts. Categories include history of garbage disposal back as far as Ancient Greece; recycling trivia; waste reduction and reuse methodology; local solid waste industry facts; statistics on worldwide trash disposal; famous people in garbage and recycling; and imaginative future solutions for our solid waste disposal dilemmas. Comments on answers and questions can generate a lively discussion of all issues involved in the solid waste industry.

Estimated in-class presentation time: 1 hour

Grades 9-12: Slide Show and Discussion

In-depth look at the Rogue Valley’s local solid waste industry with discussion on our areas regional landfill operation. Social implications of continued waste generation versus waste prevention/reuse alternatives will be discussed.

Estimated in-class presentation time: 1 hour

Additional Resources

Ashland and Talent schools can call Recology Ashland Sanitary Service at 482-1471.

busField Trips: Field trips to the Transfer Station and Recycling Center in Ashland, to the Materials Recovery Facility in White City, and to the Dry Creek Landfill are highly recommended and available upon request.

Videos: “The Rotten Truth” “Worms Eat My Garbage” “Recycle Rex” “Tina’s Journal”

Related Resources: Siskiyou Environmental Center Master Composters Jackson County ESD Internet Sites