Waste In Place

The Waste In Place curriculum, created by Keep America Beautiful, addresses the problem of waste and its disposal alternatives, and emphasizes responsible solid waste handling practices through hands-on activities for pre-K to 6th grade students. This unique curriculum aims to encourage informed decisions by our future community leaders.

Waste In Place training is made available with funding from Waste Connections.

Curriculum Goals
- Increase awareness and knowledge of solid waste problems
- Use hands-on activities to teach students how to properly dispose of and handle solid waste
- Promote social responsibility
- Use a behaviorally-based, systematic approach to changing attitudes and practices related to proper waste handling

Waste In Place uses an approach developed through three years of research and is consistent with recommendations from the National Board of Education, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Science Foundation, Science for All Americans, and Project 2061. Some of these recommendations include utility, social responsibility, intrinsic value of knowledge, philosophical value, and childhood enrichment.

In the Classroom
Lessons are correlated, and can be easily integrated into existing subjects, and may use a thematic approach to allow students the opportunity to practice essential process skills and develop the thinking required to make wise decisions about pollution prevention. KTB's curricula, in conjunction with all participating agencies, promotes pollution prevention education, which may include protecting natural resources, through conservation or increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or other resources.

Educators attend a six-hour workshop that provides information sharing and hands-on activities that demonstrate the usefulness as well as offer an understanding of solid waste concepts through the Waste In Place curriculum. Participants receive six hours of Texas Environmental Education Advisory Credit (TEEAC) toward an environmental education certificate, and six hours of State Board of Education continuing education hours, if needed.

Eligibility Requirements
The Waste In Place Training workshop is meant for affiliate directors, formal and non-formal educators who are  looking for an opportunity to learn new hands on material to take back and train other educators in their community.

For more information on Waste In Place, or to become a WIP trainer, contact Christine Chute Canul at 1-800-CLEAN-TX.