The District offers numerous
free and partially subsidized programs focused on recycling and
composting for schools registered with the
Recycling Assistance Program (RAP) Program. Please see the following list of providers, including
pricing and course descriptions for a program to fit your class.
Solid Waste Management District
or call (513) 946-7737
Composting 101 Grades K–8, 45 minutes
Learn the fundamentals of composting. It’s an easy and
effective way to keep organics in the environment and out of the
Community Recycling Grades 3–Adult, 45
Participating in a community recycling program is easier than you
think. Participants will learn the why, what, and how of recycling
programs available in their communities.
Garbage Free Lunch Grades 2–Adult,
Are you tired of seeing garbage cans full of juice boxes, lunch trays, and uneaten food? This program is designed to give lunch packers ideas on how to reduce waste and save money. Each
participant will receive a copy of the District’s “Garbage Free Lunch Guidelines” to take home.
Paper Factory Grades K–Adult,
Did you know that paper makes up 44% of the garbage that goes into Ohio landfills? Did you know that paper is recyclable? This program focuses on the history of paper, the various natural resources affected by the production of paper, and includes a demonstration on how to make recycled paper. As an extension, teachers are welcome to borrow the District paper recycling equipment so students can make their own paper after the program.
School PTA Meetings Adult, varied times
Learn how your school can join the green movement through recycling
and environmental education. Presentation will also discuss ways
that your school can develop a sustainable recycling program.
School Recycling Rocks! Grades 3–12, 45
Is your student council or ecology club interested in starting a
recycling program at your school? School Recycling Rocks! presents
local recycling options, ideas for school recycling plans, program
maintenance, and ways to increase participation.
Crystal Clear Science
$50 for schools participating in RAP or $10
for low-income schools participating in RAP (Prices listed are for schools registered in the District’s Gold-level RAP program.)
Michelle White or call (513) 553-2252
Grades K–12, 45 minutes
This hands-on program teaches kids the rules of recycling plastic.
It also covers physical properties of matter and includes great
reuse activity ideas.
Grades K–12, 45 minutes
Students will learn about the importance of the entire recycling
loop: buy things that can be recycled, recycle them, and purchase goods
made from recycled products. They will also participate in a paper
R’s for Life!!! (With Live "Spokes-Animals")
Grades K-8, 45 minutes Teach your students about reducing, reusing, and recycling (3 R’s) while reinforcing academic content standards at the same time! R’s For Life is a fun, fast-paced show that will leave kids with a new understanding of the impact they have on our local environment and their futures. This program focuses on empowering and inspiring kids to be a part of the solution and features
many great reuse projects and experiments! (This program is also available as an assembly; see the "Assemblies" section of the newsletter for a full description.)
Grades K–12, 45 minutes
This program delves deeper into the science of the carbon cycle and
composting. Students will learn that one of the largest parts of the
waste stream can recycle itself!
Taking Charge of Recycling
Grades 6–Adult, 45 minutes
This program is designed for middle and high school students and
adults who want to bring recycling to their schools, homes, churches
and other community areas. Attendees will learn how to calculate
benefits/costs, the infrastructure of recycling programs, and the
way that recycling helps us do our "civic duty." Many math, science
and social studies standards are covered in this program.
$43.50 for schools
participating in RAP or $10 for low-income schools participating in
RAP (Prices listed are for schools registered in the District’s Gold-level RAP program.)
or call (513) 697-8826
Composting: Let it Rot
Grades PreK–4, 45
A brief discussion of exactly what makes great compost leads
students into role-playing the various components of a compost pile.
Students must deduce what processes need to occur in order for them
to remain a viable "microhabitat." Then, working in small groups,
students "dissect" compost, sorting, classifying, and charting what
they find. A rousing chorus of "Dirt Made My Lunch" helps reinforce
that composting is important for everyone.
Recycling: Where Does Our Garbage Go? Puppet Show Grades PreK–4, 45
Grades PreK–4, 30 to 45 minutes
Students will watch a brief puppet show about recycling, make
recycled paper, sing songs about recycling, and much more!