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Waste In Place

The Waste in Place curriculum 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 help youth have a better understanding of their community, the environment and to explore how they can make a difference in litter prevention and community improvement.

Learn more about Waste in Place from Keep America Beautiful here.

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

  • You can find more about the WIP curriculum here.

Check out the types of activities the Waste In Place curriculum includes:

  • Edible Aquifers

  • Natural Packaging

  • Paper Trees

  • Litter Evaluation Bag



Keep America Beautiful designed the Waste in Place activity guide to address the impact of littering, waste reduction and recycling behaviors and how to improve the local community environment. 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, the 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. KAB’s curricula, in conjunction with all participating agencies, promote 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 must attend a six-hour training workshop to use the WIP Curricula and receive CPE credits. 

For more information on Waste in Place, or to become a WIP trainer, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Trainings 

There are no current upcoming trainings. In lieu of any in-person workshops, we are sharing how-to videos above. Please check back soon for updates. 

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