Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling in the Wood River Valley

Sponsored by:

Environmental Resource Center

Project Champion:

Alisa McGowan
alisa@ercsv.org

What are the appropriate grade levels?

2-12

Is there a limit to the number of participants?

2 grades, 6 classrooms

The theme for this project is:

Environment, Waste Management

The ERC currently works with Blaine County’s 5B Recycles program to conduct outreach on best recycling practices. The ERC also facilitates recycling for small and large community events throughout the year. The ERC is looking for students to assist with community outreach and education on engineered product (ie: books, batteries, electronic devices, plastic bags) life cycles.

As the global population continues to grow, our resource needs are increasing, our waste is accumulating, and there are fewer options to dispose of non-recyclable, non-reusable waste. It is important that here in Blaine County we educate our community on what can be diverted from the waste stream and encourage actions and behaviors that keep these items out of the landfill. It is equally important to encourage community members to think about the entire lifecycle of a material rather than just its end life to encourage more sustainable consumer habits. This reducing, reusing, and recycling mindset must be consistently taught and reinforced in our community if we want to maintain the beautiful Blaine County for generations to come.

The combination of our transient community and the continually changing manufacturing and recycling processes make frequent outreach and education critical in Blaine County. Therefore, the ERC is enlisting the help of local students to creatively educate the public on best consumer practices. This project includes an introductory lesson on waste reduction (reducing, reusing and recycling), and an optional field trip to the Blaine County Recycle Center, where students can experience the local recycling practices. After these experiences, students can choose an engineered product to research the cradle-to-grave lifecycle and develop a visual piece that outlines the lifecycle. These visual pieces can be diagrams, posters, brochures, or any other creative visual that clearly exemplifies the engineered product lifecycle. Classrooms could also choose to create educational outreach materials such as brochures, posters, or other creative media to help promote best recycling practices and consumer habits. These visuals or media will be used by the ERC to assist our youth and community education and outreach on reducing, reusing, and recycling. The ERC can make the classroom visit at any time, but the field trip to the recycling center must occur in the fall or spring.