Waste Management teaches conservation, recycling

Dec 27, 2012

Waste Management, the Northwest’s largest recycler, is bringing free assemblies to schools in Snohomish County.

These assemblies allow students to learn the importance of recycling and conserving resources, and the importance of keeping garbage out of the recycling.

Waste Management says the goal of the program is to “get kids excited about recycling and empower them to become recycling experts at school and at home.”

The assemblies, which use professional actors, make the kids laugh as they’re learning, as they are fun and interactive.

For example, one skit takes place on the red carpet at the “Oscars of Trash,” where an Entertainment Tonight-type interviewer and kids in the audience teach a celebrity known for excess about conserving resources and recycling.

Students watch as the celebrity goes “Back to the Future” to his 1980’s elementary classroom, learns about recycling from a trash-talking recycling bin and returns to the future to find himself in a better world at an awards show for Recycler of the Year.

The assemblies, along with workshops and technical assistance, will continue through December 2013. They are available to any elementary school in Snohomish County

Already scheduled for Snohomish County schools so far are:

1.      25 assemblies

2.      50 classroom workshops

3.      6 schools have requested technical assistance


Locally, Sherwood Elementary has already had an assembly.

Waste Management has designed the programs so the assembly and workshops are aligned with Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and expect students to use critical thinking skills and explore the impacts of their choices, to encourage behavior change.

Schools can also register for interactive classroom workshops or take advantage of technical assistance to set up recycling programs in their school.

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