- Adapted from Woodsy's Wastewise,
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Broome County
Back to Trash Goes to School
- GRADE LEVELS:
- SUBJECT AREAS:
social studies, English, government
Students can get involved in their community.
To practice research skills and gain access information in your
- Brochures on topic (if available)
In this exercise students will collect data on recycling and
solid waste in their local community. To get this information
it may be necessary to contact the recycling coordinator, county
government (Department of Public Works), and other educators
in your county.
- Find the answers to the following questions:
- 1. What is the population in your county?
- 2. How many townships or municipalities
- 3. How much garbage is produced?
- [While the national average is 3.5
pounds per day, New York State residents produce about 6 pounds
- 4. How is garbage disposed of? Possibilities
include putting it in a landfill, recycling, waste-to-energy,
composting, and shipping to other places.
5. How much does it cost per ton to dispose of waste per ton?
This may include:
- a. tipping fees (cost per ton to dispose
of garbage at the landfill or waste-to-energy plant)
- b. cost per household if using a public
or private hauler, including collection and transportation
c. cost per ton if your county ships garbage to a location outside
- 6. Is there a recycling and/or composting
program in your area?
- a. Is it run by a public or private
- b. How can citizens participate in
- c. What types of resources are being
- d. How much is being recycled?
- 7. Compile this information into a
fact sheet, write articles for the school or local newspaper,
or in any way possible share it with your school, family, community,
church, and other groups.
- 8. You may want to do this exercise
once or twice each year to record the changes that have occurred.