Environmental Lessons

Programs are available Sept. 12, 2016 through May 19, 2017. Scheduling will begin Aug. 15, 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year.

Schools (Grades K-12)


The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County(SWA) will come to you! Our classroom lessons are a fun and innovative way of teaching students about solid waste and the importance of Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and Rethinking!

Elementary lessons are designed to be done with two classes at a time, with a schedule of changing classes. 
*Please let us know at the time of scheduling if there is a vacant classroom. We would prefer to be stationary and have students come to us.

Middle and high school lessons are scheduled to allow for changing classes when possible. Science teachers may want to join together for certain projects. The emphasis of these lessons is to promote following the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink!

Student programs are conducted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on the program selected. To schedule, please check for open dates on the Education Calendar and then complete the School Environmental Lesson Request Form.  *Please note, this is a request form and not a guarantee of a scheduled program.

​School Programs Available

Elementary School Programs

Kindergarten | 30 minutes

Less Is More!

Students learn the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling and rethinking! Then, they are called upon to play the Recycle Right! sorting game. 

 

Grade 1 | 30 minutes

How Do We Recycle?

Students learn how garbage and recycling are processed in Palm Beach County and how recyclables should be sorted into correct bins. Then, students play Recycle Bingo to reinforce their knowledge of the recycling program.

 

Grade 2 | 30 minutes

What Are the 4Rs to Being Green?

Through hands-on activities, students learn the importance of the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink!) and how to implement them into their lives. Afterwards, students team up in groups of four or five and use a Venn diagram to practice what they learned.

 

Grade 3 | 45 minutes

Tracing Trash Back to Its Roots

Through an interactive lesson, students learn about renewable and nonrenewable resources. They learn the importance of reducing our dependency on nonrenewable resources and how recycling helps.

 

Grade 4 | 45 minutes

What Is Source Reduction?

Students learn about reducing waste at its source, reusing and how both concepts relate to a clean and healthy environment. Students then play 4R Feud.

 

Grade 5 | 45 minutes

What Is Hazardous Waste?

Students learn about the hazardous waste items found in their homes and why it is important to safely dispose of them. Afterwards, students engage in activities to reinforce the importance of identifying and disposing of hazardous waste items safely.

 

Grades 3 - 5 | 1 hour

How Is Paper Recycled into New Paper?

Through a hands-on activity, each student makes a sheet of recycled paper while learning the process of paper recycling. This lesson requires a science lab or art room with a sink. A bathroom sink is not sufficient.

 

Middle/High School Programs

Grade 7 - 8 | One class period

The Life Cycle of the Aluminum Can

Students learn the life cycle of aluminum cans, from the process of mining the bauxite ore used to make them to recycling them. Students then undertake a group activity to reinforce what they learned.

 

Grade 6 - 12 | One class period

How Are Plastics Separated at Recycling Facilities?

During a hands-on lab, students learn how density is used in recycling plastics. Students work with different chemicals and plastic resin types to determine the types of plastics.



Contact Us

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County
Education Programs
7501 N. Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33412

866-NEW-BINS  
(866-639-2467)
education@swa.org
561-640-8956 Fax

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