School Recycling Programs Engage Students

The City of Fayetteville collaborates with Washington County to provide Environmental Education throughout the community. Environmental Education (EE) is a non-regulatory solution for natural resource challenges. EE increases student creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and achievement across disciplines. It is science-based and presents multiple perspectives of issues. But it’s more than just science. It is social studies, math, history, art, economics, and technology. It is about the place you live, the materials you use, and the choices made every day.

Education programs are provided for free to schools, youth groups, civic group, and the general public. Educators can present at special events, provide an educational display at fairs, or share an interactive program for a school or organization. School programs are aligned with state curriculum frameworks. Topics include:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
 This covers what can be recycled, how to recycle, and the importance of reducing and reusing first.

Household Hazardous Waste 
 What is household hazardous waste, how should it be disposed of, and what are healthier alternatives?

Natural Resources 
 What are commonly used natural resources in Arkansas? What is the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources? How does recycling affect conservation?

 What is in your trash and how is it different from what your grandparents threw away?

 Where does your trash go? What is the difference between a dump and a sanitary landfill?

Creative Reuse Art 
 Learn how to bring everyday discards, such as paper and plastic bottle caps, back to life.

Composting/Worm Composting 
 What can be composted and how the process works. Worms can be a fun addition to any classroom.

Most programs can be modified for age, group size, and time. We also work with schools to establish and maintain recycling programs. If you would like assistance with your school recycling program or you are interested in an educational program, contact Rachel Kraus.

First grade students at Holcomb Elementary recently celebrated Earth Day by creating murals from bottle caps (seen below). They learned about the effects of litter on the Earth and the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling items we throw away before sending them to the landfill.

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