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A Resource Guide of Solid Waste Educational Materials
Abstract: MATERIALS SOURCES: This bibliography contains nearly 50 solid waste-related educational materials for teachers and students in kindergarten through the twelfth grade. It includes curricula, activity guides, coloring books, videos, and Internet sites that contain information on a variety of solid waste topics such as source reduction, recycling, reuse, household hazardous waste, and composting. All of the materials can be used in a classroom or after-school setting.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/index.htm

Adventures of the Garbage Gremlin
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Lower Elementary: WASTE MANAGEMENT: On-line storybook about recycling.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/education/kids/gremlin/

A-Way With Waste
Abstract: CURRICULUM: Upper Elementary & Middle School Age: AIR QUALITY, WASTE MANAGEMENT: Presents integrated waste management concepts affecting land, air and water in the ecosystem. Designed to promote awareness, attitude, and actions to solve waste management problems at home, in school and in the community.
Source: Department of Ecology: Air Quality Program
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/aawwaste/awwwhome.html

Backyard Conservation
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Upper Elementary and Middle School Ages: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WATER/WASTE: Teaches citizens how to improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife in their yards using conservation techniques developed for farms. Modules encourage students to explore and investigate and also to utilize nearby natural areas as outdoor classrooms.
Source: Wildlife Habitat Council
URL: http://www.wildlifehc.org/managementtools/backyard-lessonpla

Backyard Magic
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: On-line composting handbook.
Source: New Brunswick Dept. of the Environment
URL: http://www.gnb.ca/elg-egl/0372/0003/0001-e.html

Case of the Broken Loop [PDF]
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Upper Elementary: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Learn more about reducing waste and conserving resources by following the detective through this on-line comic book.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/pdfs/4-6.pdf

Cleaning Products
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Learn more about cleaning products, and where to buy or how to make simple, non-toxic, biodegradable household cleaners.
Source: Worldwatch Institute
URL: http://www.worldwatch.org/node/655

Compost Critters
Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Learn about the wide variety of organisms found naturally in organic matter that also break it down into compost.
Source: Reduce.org
URL: http://www.mansfieldct.org/schools/mms/compost/microbes.htm

Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT:Describes the what, how and why of composting, including benefits and descriptions of various methods as well as linking to more info.
Source: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
URL: http://www.kansasdontspoilit.com/main_pg7.html

Conserving Water in the Kitchen
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Tips and suggestions for utilizing water more efficiently for cooking, washing and drinking.
Source: CSU
URL: http://extn.msu.montana.edu/publications.asp

Don't Spoil It Activity Book [PDF]
Abstract: ACITIVITY: Lower and Upper Elementary: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Booklet on pollution prevention, with information, directed discussion topics, and activities, in PDF format.
Source: KDHE
URL: http://www.kansasdontspoilit.com/schools/recycle.pdf

Dos and Don?ts Around the Home
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT/WATER QUALITY: Ways to prevent nonpoint source pollution and water pollution in the home relating to household chemicals, landscaping and gardening, septic systems and water conservation.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/NPS/dosdont.html

EcoHealth 101
Abstract: CURRICULUM PLANNING, WASTE MANAGEMENT: Rooted in serious science, this site taps the latest global environmental research to keep the content up-to-date and accurate. It was developed as a tool for teachers and students, and offers photos, diagrams, maps, video clips, lesson plans, in coverage of complex, environmental topics.
Source: John Hopkins University
URL: http://www.ecohealth101.org/

Elementary Urban Integrated Pest Management Curriculum
Abstract: CURRICULA: Lower and Upper: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Elementary: A curriculum on integrated pest management to reduce pests while also reducing pesticide use. PDF format that can be downloaded by section.
Source: MSU Extension
URL: http://www.pested.msu.edu/CommunitySchoolIpm/curriculum.htm

G.W. Gecko Recycling Maze [PDF]
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Lower and Upper Elementary: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Learn about recycling while doing this on-line printout maze.
Source: The Groundwater Foundation
URL: http://www.groundwater.org/kc/docs/recycle_maze.pdf

Happy Earth Day Coloring and Activities Book
Abstract: Air Quality, Energy Consumption, Waste Management: ACTIVITY: Lower Elementary: Printable booklet for Earth Day activities.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region5/publications/happy/happy.htm

Hazardous Substances and Hazardous Waste
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: All about hazardous waste including what it is, where it goes and how it can affect us.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/students/clas_act/haz-ed/ff_01.

High School Environmental Center
Abstract: AIR QUALITY/WASTE MANAGEMENT/WATER QUALITY: Connects to resources on Air, Waste/Recycling, and Water issues.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/highschool/

Household Hazardous Waste
Abstract: CONSUMER EDUCATION/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Description of household hazardous waste (HHW) and options for products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/hhw.htm

How Batteries Work
Abstract: ENERGY CONSUMPTION/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Describes parts of batteries and how they work.
Source: Batteries Plus
URL: http://www.batteriesplus.com/t-faq2.aspx

How to Grow a Healthy, No-Waste Garden
Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANGEMENT: How to utilize your garden to lower your household waste plus greener alternatives for yard maintenance.
Source: Reduce.org
URL: http://www.reduce.org/garden/index.html

Learn About Chemicals Around Your House
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Upper Elementary: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Read the information, definitions, and facts on household chemicals, then integrate the learning by completing online and printable puzzlers.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/kids/hometour/activities/puzzl

Lessons in Solid Waste Management [PDF]
Abstract: CURRICULA: Upper Elementary: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Enrichment program on Solid Waste Management (SWM) and Houshold Hazardous Waste (HHW) including definitions, storage, health, disposal, reduction and ecological issues. PDF format.
Source: KDHE
URL: http://www.kansasdontspoilit.com/schools/4h-601.pdf

Lessons in Solid Waste Management [PDF]
Abstract: CURRICULA: Lower Elementary: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Enrichment program on Solid Waste Management (SWM) and Houshold Hazardous Waste (HHW) including definitions, storage, health, disposal, reduction and ecological issues. PDF format.
Source: KDHE
URL: http://www.kansasdontspoilit.com/schools/4h602.pdf

Lets Learn to Precycle
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Definition of precycling and list of ways to prevent the creation of waste.
Source: PlanetPals.com
URL: http://www.planetpals.com/precycle.html

Managing Non-Point Source Pollution from Households
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT/WATER QUALITY: Describes water quality impacts and water pollution from household sources.
Source: EPA
URL: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/outreach/point10.cfm

MSW Disposal: Landfills
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Offers information on the design and operation of landfills and offers alternatives to using landfills for waste.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/index.htm

Municipal Solid Waste
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Description of preferred order for waste disposal and information on its implementation, including alternatives and alternative combinations for disposing of community waste.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/municipal/

Non-Point Source Pollution
Abstract: Sustainable AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT/WATER QUALITY: Describes what nonpoint source pollution (NPS) is and why it is the nation's largest water quality problem.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/NPS/facts/point1.htm

Pesticides Reduction
Abstract: Sustainable AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Common pesticides, their uses, and why reducing our usage of them is important, including alternatives.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region5/waste/solidwaste/p2pages/toolbox.

Plastics Quizzes
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Upper Elementary/Middle School: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Two interactive quizzes on what plastics are and innovations related to plastic use and industry,
Source: American Plastics Council
URL: http://www.americanchemistry.com/s_plastics/sec_learning.asp

Questions and Answers About Septic Systems Additives
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Ways to maintain the operation of your septic system in a question and answer format related to septic system additives.
Source: Montana Extension Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://extn.msu.montana.edu/publications.asp

Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: In-depth description of recycling and how to utilize it most efficiently.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/recycle.htm

Reduce the Hail of Unwanted Mail
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Steps to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.
Source: Reduce.org
URL: http://www.reduce.org/junkmail/index.html

Reducing Waste at Home
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: How to reduce the amount of waste your household produces including paper, packaging, cleaning products, paints and pesticides.
Source: Reduce.org
URL: http://www.reduce.org/home/index.html

Science Fair Fun [PDF]
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Upper Elementary and Middle School: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Provides ideas and resources for designing environmental science projects, in PDF format with clickable contents.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/wastes/education/pdfs/sciencefair.pdf

Service Learning: Beyond the Classroom [PDF]
Abstract: This booklet describes how students across the country are gaining hands-on awareness of waste reduction, recycling, and composting, through solid waste service-learning projects.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/pdfs/svclearn.pdf

Taking Action for Toxics [PDF]
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Options to reduce use of toxics, a listing of 22 actions and choices.
Source: World Wildlife Federation
URL: http://www.biodiversity911.org/toxics/pdfs/toxics_actions.pd

Teaching Plastics
Abstract: CURRICULA: All ages: MATERIALS/WASTE MANAGEMENT: online scientific invesitgation resource for teachers, parents and students includes the new Hands On Plastics Jr.? site for elementary teachers, as well as the award-winning Hands On Plastics? site for the middle school level.
Source: American Plastics Council
URL: http://www.americanchemistry.com/s_plastics/sec_learning.asp

The Consumer's Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Factual information on why and how to reduce solid waste, divided into six subject areas: the problem, what is source reduction and how it works, basic principles, tips, and conclusion.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/wycd/catbook/

The Imagination Factory
Abstract: ACTIVITY: All ages: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Visitors learn how to make art using common, household trash as a source of free materials. Some of the activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, papier-mâché, marbling and crafts, and a special section for holiday art and crafts is featured. The site features a Trash Matcher that allows visitors to find appropriate art activities for the solid waste they have available.
Source: The Imagination Factory
URL: http://www.kid-at-art.com/

The Killer in Your Yard
Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Describes household usage of pesticides, gives information on specific ones, and offers alternatives to pesticides in your yard.
Source: Audubon
URL: http://magazine.audubon.org/backyard/backyard0005.html

The Quest for Less
Abstract: CURRICULA: Lower and Upper Elementary: Curriculum Planning, WASTE MANAGEMENT: Provides hands-on lessons and activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, and other educational tools related to preventing pollution and reducing trash, divided by age group.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/quest/index.htm

Tips for a Waste-Less School Year
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: List of different ideas to prevent the creation of waste related to school supplies, lunches, and transportation.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osw/wycd/funfacts/school.htm

Tox Town
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: An interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances.
Source: National Library of Medicine
URL: http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/

Trash and Climate Change [PDF]
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Lower and Upper Elementary: Consumer Education, Materials, WASTE MANAGEMENT: An on-line workbook that can also be ordered in hard copy to help students discover the hidden reasons to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/pdfs/k00-001.pdf

Trash Conflicts: A Science and Social Studies Curriculum on the Ethics of Disposal
Abstract: CURRICULUM: Middle School: CURRICULUM PLANNING, WASTE MANAGEMENT: Through science-based experiments, research and analysis, role-plays, and discussions, students learn about the nature of garbage, disposal methods, consumer behavior, toxic waste, and the political process surrounding trash disposal.
Source: Educators for Social Responsibility
URL: http://www.esrnational.org/store/index.php?main_page=product

Trash Talk for Kids
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Archive of newsletters written for fourth graders.
Source: KDHE
URL: http://www.kdheks.gov/kdsi/trash_talk.html

Waste Free Lunches
Abstract: ACTIVITY: K-12: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Lots of information on how to implement a waste-free lunch program, sample parent letters, school activities, success stories from across North America, and links to waste-free lunch resources.
Source: wastefreelunches.org
URL: http://www.wastefreelunches.org/

Waste Management
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Describes the science and systems of waste management, and how a landfill works.
Source: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
URL: http://www.kansasdontspoilit.com/main_pg11.html

What is a Biopesticide?
Abstract: AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Definition and advantages of pesticides derived from natural materials.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppbppd1/biopesticides/whatarebiopesticid

What is a Pesticide?
Abstract: AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Definition and description of pesticides with examples.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/about/

What is Sustainable Development?
Abstract: Sustainable Agriculture, Air Quality, Energy, Waste Management, Water Quality: Information describing components of sustainable development.
Source: The World Bank Group
URL: http://www.worldbank.org/depweb/english/sd.html

What is Vermicomposting
Abstract: AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Defines vermicomposting (using worms) and describes how to do it.
Source: Worm Woman
URL: http://www.wormwoman.com/acatalog/vermicomposting.html

What Kids Need to Know About Mercury
Abstract: WASTE MANAGEMENT: The what, where and why's of mercury as a toxic substance.
Source: NIH
URL: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/kids/sup_fact/mercury1.htm

What on Earth Can You Do With an Old Jelly Jar? [PDF]
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Lower Elementary: WASTE MANAGEMENT: Check out this site for a bunch of different ways to use a jelly jar! It is a coloring book too.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/waste/education/pdfs/jjposter.pdf

What You Can Do to Prevent Non-Point Source Pollution
Abstract: AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT/WATER QUALITY: Listing of proactive choices to prevent water pollution in urban and agricultural areas.
Source: EPA
URL: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/whatudo.cfm

Youth Environmental News Desk
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Upper Elementary and Middle School: WASTE MANAGEMENT: News reports on successful environmental endeavors written by people up to the age of 19 that are published and distributed worldwide. Send yours.
Source: Horizon Solutions
URL: http://www.solutions-site.org/kids/youthdesk.htm


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