Education

The City of Spokane's Solid Waste Collection and Disposal departments offer a variety of educational services including:

  1. Classroom Presentations, Field Trip Opportunities and Waste Reduction Lessons
  2. Speakers
  3. Business Waste Consultation
  4. Master Composter/Recycler Program

Schools

Classroom Presentations:

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.

  • Make it Recycled – Paper! – Students make their own piece of paper from scraps out of your recycling bin.
  • Compost – Nature's Recycling – Students learn composting science and explore wildlife (worms that can eat our garbage).
  • Hungry for a Waste Free Lunch? – Students discuss choices that can be made to use fewer resources and have less garbage after lunch.

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 kmajor@spokanecity.org.

Composting in the Schools

Foodcycling – Scrappy Goes to School (View how-to video for food scrap collection tips)

Waste to Energy Facility Tours:

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.

Washington Green Schools

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.

Eastern Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair

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

School Waste Reduction Consultations:

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.

Speakers

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.

Business Waste Reduction Consultation

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.

Master Composter/Recyclers Program

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


2017 Recycles Poster Contest

Download the contest registration form (PDF 1.8 MB)

Contact Information

Kris Major
509.625.6521
kmajor@spokanecity.org