On February 16th and 17th, 3rd graders at the Jordan Jackson elementary school in Mansfield were given permission to talk trash. The students did not disappoint.
In a lively 45-minute session, students asked many pertinent questions about trash, recycling, and litter. Each “Talking Trash” session included a mix of discussion, videos, and images to teach students about the challenges we face as a society in managing trash, recycling, and litter.
The program ended with a live recycling test in which each student was challenged with putting their trash item in the correct bin (trash, single-stream recycling, or back to store/recycling center).
Students (and teachers) learned about:
• The need to reduce the amount of solid waste we are sending to landfills and incinerators
• Why it’s important to recycle as much as possible in school and at home
• The importance of recycling correctly (hint: never put plastic bags or plastic film in your recycling bin)
• The harmful environmental effects of litter and how to help clean it up
• How small changes in our own daily habits can have a beneficial impact on the environment
This program was made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts DEP’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program, and with coordination between the Mansfield school system and the Mansfield Department of Public Works.
Contact us if you are interested in bringing this topic to your school. Earth Day is April 22 and Earth Month takes place throughout April, so now is the time to book this program.
For anyone in the Mansfield area who is interested in this topic, an adult version of the “Talking Trash” program will be presented at the Mansfield Public Library on April 27 at 6:30 p.m.