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 UsSolid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County
7501 N. Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33412
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Wed Nov. 8