Make a Difference and Help Educate the Community on Recycling
Environmental Resource Center
What are the appropriate grade levels:
1st through 12th Grade
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This year, the ERC is collaborating with Blaine County’s recycling program, 5B Recycles, to educate the local community on best recycling practices and education around the overall reduction of waste. Because the recycling and waste stream processes are constantly changing and our county’s population is relatively transient, it is often challenging to educate the community on best practices. Therefore, the ERC is enlisting the help of our local students in creatively educating our community.
This project would include an introductory session with the ERC into local recycling practices and where gaps in recycling knowledge are the most pronounced. In addition to this introduction, the ERC can organize a field trip to the Blaine County Recycling Center so students can see the local recycling process. From there, students will decide what aspect of recycling they would like to create an educational piece around. These projects can be in the form of a written piece, an art piece to be displayed at local events where the ERC is facilitating recycling, an electronic piece that can be displayed on the ERC’s website or the Visitor Center’s Screen in Ketchum, or in any other medium the students are interested in.
Around the state, nation and world, our population is growing, our resource needs are increasing, more waste is accumulating and there are fewer options to dispose of non-recyclable and non-reusable waste. It is therefore vital that here in Blaine County we continue to keep educating our community on what can be diverted from the waste stream and encouraging actions and behaviors that keep these items out of the landfill. It is equally important to encourage community members to lead more sustainable lives – thinking about the entire lifecycle of a material rather than just its end life. This must be continually taught and reinforced in our community if we want to have a beautiful county for generations to come.
This program can be conducted at any time in the year and the field trip piece is optional (but fun!).