- Adapted from A-way with
Waste: A Waste Management Curriculum for Schools, 2nd ed., by
State of Washington, Dept of Ecology
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- GRADE LEVELS:
- SUBJECT AREAS:
earth science (mapping skills)
There are many important groups and individuals that need to
be recognized and consulted in the successful operation of a
business. Mapping a business district and key business contacts
is a valuable tool in the management of a business or project.
Students will map the geographic boundaries of a recycling program's
service areas and include the location of buyers important to
the program. They will use this map as an aid in managing a school
recycling program or project.
- county map
- colored pins
- pen or pencil
- telephone book
To better understand their entire community, students will plot
all the businesses and buyers related to the recycling industry.
The more businesses they are aware of, the more leverage they
will have when it comes to markets for their materials and support
for their program.
- PROCEDURE: Students
- 1. Map the boundaries of the program's
service area and locations where waste processing facilities
are located, i.e., processing plants, landfills, recycling drop-off
centers and transfer stations, incinerators, composting facilities,
etc. (You may need to call your recycling coordinator to find
- 2. List contacts important to the recycling
program and create a map symbol for each. Using the symbols
you create, draw a map. If possible, include numbers and locations
of area residents for use in deciding where to locate drop-off
- a. Compile lists of individuals and
groups willing to contribute financially to the program.
- b. List neighborhood groups that have
expressed interest in the recycling effort.
- c. List major contributors of recyclable
materials (industries, restaurants, households in community,
etc.), and place symbols on the map).
- d. Identify government agencies involved,
and mark on the map.
- e. Inventory possible media sources
to be used for publicity.
- 3. Use your map to devise "action
plans" -- methods to systematically contact contributors,
pick up materials, etc.
- Which businesses in your community
would be interested in a school recycling project? Why?
- Who are the most important people to
contact in your community to help your school recycling program?
- How will the map with symbols of important
contacts help your recycling program?
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