The City of Spokane's Solid Waste Collection and Disposal departments offer a variety of educational services including:
Solid waste educators are available to make environmental education easy. Staff provides materials and presentations on waste reduction and recycling. Each presentation is about an hour long and can be tailored to specific grade levels.
Presenters use visual aids of various media, hands-on activities, games, and take-home materials to help students enjoy and retain what they have learned.
Staff members are available to help establish or enhance your school recycling or composting program. They will meet with you on-site to figure out the best approach for your school.
To schedule a presentation, please contact Kris Major, 509.625.6521 or email email@example.com.
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Tours of the Waste to Energy facility, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd., can be scheduled for school groups of 10 or more by calling 509.625.6521. Walk-in tours are not available.
This is a free, web-based program to assist schools in making their campuses green and introducing student-led activities. Check it out at www.wagreenschools.org.
EWRSEF provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to showcase their research projects in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The 2017 EWRSEF event will be held in March, 2018. For additional information, please visit their website
Our experts are available to meet with teachers and/or students to share curriculum and show how to set up school recycling programs. To schedule any of the above services, contact Kris Major at 509.625.6521.
You may arrange for a speaker from the City of Spokane's Solid Waste departments to visit your classroom or business. Topics include how to improve waste reduction practices, increase your recycling programs, and divert organics into a composting program. To request education materials or to schedule a presentation, please contact Kris Major, Solid Waste Education Coordinator, at 509.625.6521.
Want to learn how to increase recycling and save money? The City's Solid Waste departments offer free waste consultations to businesses, schools, and hospitals.
Pro-active companies often can lower disposal costs by finding ways to identify and change wasteful practices and by recycling more. Much of the general waste businesses throw away as garbage could be hauled away and recycled at a much lower cost.
Free waste consultations are offered to Spokane businesses. Call 509.625.6580 for more information.
Volunteer Master Composters/Recyclers play an active role in Spokane County's solid waste system by teaching citizens how to reduce waste through recycling and home composting.
New volunteers attend Master Composter/Recycler training sessions in the spring to prepare them to promote the practice of home composting and recycling throughout the Spokane community. Master Composters/Recyclers are asked to contribute 40 hours of service after their training to inform and encourage others to compost food and yard waste at home and recycle more. In addition to their free training, each Master Composter/Recycler is provided with a compost bin, reference books, and instructional materials.
Master Composters/Recyclers are available to give presentations at schools, churches, service clubs, garden clubs, and businesses. This successful program has been in effect since 1988. Every year the list of volunteers completing the program continues to grow and community outreach increases. For more information and to learn about signing up for the next class, call 509.625.6580.
Visit our Composting page to learn more about the benefits of composting at home