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Basic Facts of Municipal Solid Waste
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This provides a good resource for obtaining a large variety of facts and statistical information on solid waste. Values, trends, statistical data and glossary are accessible.
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Clean Sweep U.S.A.
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The Keep America Beautiful project has a site for upper elementary and middle school students on six topics related to waste management, composting, recycling and recovery, landfills, and how waste materials can be burned to generate electricity. Additional te...
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Day the Trash Came Out to Play, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author,/b> David M. Beadle

ISBN 0972785507

Story and humor combine to teach about litter and community efforts. Lessons focus on rethinking, reducing, reusing and recycling. For a review see

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Food Scrap Compost, Food Scrap Management
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Case Study - Fact sheet
Summary: While some excess food can be donated much will end up in landfills that could be composted. This site provides guidance on establishing a kitchen compost for food scrap management in a school. See how they recommend working with your waste hauler and local...
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Garbage
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Garbage is a video available from A&E, a production from the History Channel. "Time was, folks just dumped garbage wherever they wanted--buried it in their backyards or threw it in the ocean. In the age of recycling and dwindling resources, these low-tech dis...
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Garbage Day Video
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: "A father and son embark on a family adventure to find out where garbage goes. Your child will visit recycling centers and landfills and learn all about the grand and bedazzling machinery used to collect and process everyday trash. Garbage Day!, already a nati...
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IDEM Land Quality and Solid Waste Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Glossary
Summary: These lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparations, lessons and activities, extensions, standards, glossary of solid waste management terms and additional resources. The lessons focus on providing solid waste and landfill information. Some le...
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IDEM Recycling Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary
Summary: This lesson plan is appropriate for grades K-6 and is designed for Indiana standards, but easily modifiable for other state standards. Lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparation, lessons and activities, glossary of recycling terms and ways to...
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Imagination Factory, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - List - Recycled Products - School Projects
Summary: This site combines arts and crafts and environmental education (and a lot of recycling/reusing). Lessons and activities are offered, and a list of suggested art uses (for items commonly placed into the waste stream) is provided. Each of these links to a proj...
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Look at a Landfill
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students wil identify landfills as the most common method of disposing solid waste; describe the form and function of a sanitary landfill by observing a model; understand that waste does not "go away" or decompose when...
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Making a Model Landfill
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students will construct a model of a landfill and analyze the most effecti design, identify the way in which a landfill is different than a natural cycle, identify the pros and cons of landfill disposal and alternative forms of disposal and practice map readin...
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Municipal Solid Waste Composting; Potential Effects of Heavy Metals in Municipal Solid Waste Composts on Plants and the Environment
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This is one of 7 fact sheets provided on MSW composting. While considerable attention has been paid to the land application of sewage sludges and composted sewage sludges in the U.S. during the last twenty years, land application of municipal solid waste (MSW)...
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Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 1995-2000 Facts and Figures
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: These reports reports provide all of the publications 1995 through 2000 in a series of publications describing the national waste stream based on data collected. The historical perspective provided by the data is useful for establishing trends in types of muni...
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Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2001 Facts and Figures
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This report is the latest publication in a series of publications describing the national waste stream based on data collected from 1960 through 2001. The historical perspective provided by the data is useful for establishing trends in types of municipal solid...
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Needs and Wants (Grades 4-5)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5. Students will recognize the impace of humans on natural systems; make predictions about the impace of certain behaviors and how personal or cultural perspectives affect these behaviors; assess factors that affect consum...
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Now You See it, Now You Don't
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used for both science and math with english extensions. Students will classify organic and inorganic objects, perform a mini-compost experiment, record observations, compare and contrast decomposition rates for...
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SWANCC
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Recycled Products - School Projects - Web site
Summary: SWANCC provides programs, educational resources, household hazardous waste recycling information on their website. This is information directly applicable to residents of Northern Cook County, but also valuable as an information resource for other parts on Il...
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There is No Away (Grades 4-5)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Designed for grades 4-5, this lesson will help students recognize that there is no "away" in "throw it away"; identify the destination of the waste they generate at home and at school; identify the negative aspects of dumping or burning trash; learn the "solid...
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Too Much Trash
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author,Faye Robinson

ISBN 0516060422

This book explores landfills and waste management concerns.

Books listed in Greening Schools BiblioResources have been recommended as valuable tools in the teaching of the associated c...

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Where Does the Garbage Go?
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-fiction,

AuthorsShowers, Paul (illustrated by Randy Chewning)

ISBN006445114-3 (pbk)

Where Does the Garbage Go explains how people create too much waste and how some waste is now recycled and not always put into landfills.

T...

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Where is Away?
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students will recognize that there is no "away" in "throw it away", identify the destination of the waste they generate at home and at school, identify the negative aspects of dumping or burning trash, and learn the "so...
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Where the Garbage Goes
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Where the Garbage Goes is a video that allows the reader to "jump into the driver's seat of the haulers, grinders, dozers, loaders and compactors used at a state-of-the-art waste handling facility. Kids and grown-ups alike will become excited about recycling w...
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