Waste In Place
Originating in 1979, Waste in Place has taught many students and educators nation-wide the importance of litter prevention, recycling and beautifying our communities. Waste in Place is a program designed for individuals who care about the community as well as the environment with emphasis on personal attitudes towards litter prevention and certain behavioral changes in both school and home creating a cleaner and more beautiful community.
The goal of this program is to inform the next generation of the sources of municipal waste, the characteristics of this waste, and the various ways of handling it. The activities in here are designed so that the students can acquire the knowledge, information, and skills they need to make responsible and informed decisions when practicing waste management and how people, animals, and the environment can be affected. Each activity has a different school subject such as math, science, art, etc., integrated into it to meet state standards.
Schedule a class period and a KPB representative will come to your school with a fun and interactive activity. All supplies are provided by KPB. Here’s a list of some of our activities.
- My Way to School: This activity covers Art, Drama, Language Arts, Music, and social studies.
Students will draw a map of what they see on their way to school including any litter that they may see as well. After, the students will take a “litter walk” around the school and assess the litter, if any, that they collect.
- Partners in a Pile: Physical Education, Science and Social Studies
Students will work cooperatively to create a compost system by matching pictures or words for the ingredients needed to compost. Students will identify ingredients that should be included in making compost. This lesson lasts 15-45 minutes.
3-4 and 5-6:
- Working Together: Language arts and social studies
Students will be placed in 4 groups and each group will act as one of the four things that make up a community. They are given a community dilemma in which they must cooperate with each to achieve one goal. Followed by the reading of “A Trashy Story.”
- What’s in My Community: Art, drama, language arts, music, social studies.
Students will be asked to draw or cut out magazine pictures to create a map of their community. After a class discussion on where waste would go, the students would then look for trash/recycling bins in their drawing and add them to it.
- Good Character Habits: Drama and social studies
Students will be divided into groups. Each group will represent a type of litter bug represented through a skit that they create. The other students must guess what type of litter bug they are.
- Garbage Pizza: Art, math, social studies
Students will construct a 3-D pie chart or “garbage pizza” representing the solid waste discarded in the US. Each slice will represent a different waste category.