Elementary and Secondary Waste Reduction
Elementary and Secondary School Workshops
Hands-on and curriculum linked lessons based on local and contemporary waste issues
The Region of Peel’s Waste Reduction Workshops, delivered by Ecosource, engage students in contemporary waste issues and foster critical thinking through hands-on learning. These curriculum-linked workshops are offered to individual classes (Kindergarten to Grade 12) within Mississauga. The program, led by qualified and knowledgeable Ecosource educators, aims to inspire change in waste reduction practices and study in each classroom by creating awareness amongst students, teachers, and administrators.
- Minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 workshops per day for elementary schools
- Minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 workshops per day for secondary schools
- Maximum of 30 students per workshop
- Student and classroom takeaways are provided to reinforce the concepts covered in each workshop
- Workshops are only available to Mississauga elementary and secondary schools
- Programs are inclusive of different learning styles and can be further accommodated based on student needs
Click below to view available workshops:
JK/SK – GREEN HEROES: Sing and play the garbage monster away and become a waste reduction hero! 30 Minutes | Curriculum Links: Science & Technology | Health & Physical Activity
GRADE 1 – RECYCLING DETECTIVES: Explore the wonders of recycling with Kenny the Can and learn how to reduce waste! 30 Minutes | Curriculum Link: Science & Technology
GRADE 2 – WASTE WARRIORS: Harness your imagination to creatively reduce and reuse. 45 Minutes | Curriculum Links: Social Studies | Science & Technology | The Arts
GRADE 3 – CURB YOUR ORGANICS: Discover the magic of composting and how to reduce organic waste! 45 Minutes | Curriculum Links: Science & Technology | Language
GRADE 4 – DRASTIC TALES OF PLASTIC: Investigate the secret life of everyday plastic products and consider how our actions impact the environment. 45 Minutes | Curriculum Links: Language | Science & Technology
GRADE 5 – LOVE FOOD, NOT WASTE: Explore the journey of our food and learn to scrap your food waste. 45 Minutes | Curriculum Link: Science & Technology
GRADE 6 – THINKING OUTSIDE THE LUNCHBOX: Unwrap your lunch to uncover solutions to the over-packaging dilemma. 60 Minutes | Curriculum Link: Social Studies
GRADE 7 – ELECTRONICS UNPLUGGED: Uncover the life story behind of our electronics and explore 3R’s strategies to reduce e-waste. 60 Minutes | Curriculum Links: Understanding Life Systems | Geography
GRADE 8 – RETHINK WANTS, REDUCE WASTE: Less is more – explore ways to become a smart consumer and conserve precious resources. 60 Minutes | Curriculum Link: Language
GRADE 9 – TOWARDS ZERO WASTE: CREATING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES: Explore and evaluate strategies that reduce and divert waste. Uncover the mystery of how items are recycled, and reflect on personal waste practices that increase the sustainability of natural resource use. 70 Minutes | Curriculum Link: Geography
GRADE 10 – ACT FOR CHANGE: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, SUSTAINABILITY, AND FOOD WASTE: Bite into the topic of food waste and examine food systems to trace the life cycle of your lunch from field to fork. Learn about contemporary waste issues from multi-stakeholder perspectives and explore the role of industry and consumer choices towards positive environmental change. 70 Minutes | Curriculum Links: Civics & Citizenship | Earth & Space Science | Food & Nutrition
GRADE 11 – THE BUZZ ON E-WASTE: TECHNOLOGY, WASTE, AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Take a trip around the world to explore the life of your most loved electronics, investigating environmental impacts along the journey. Understand the role of consumerism in e-waste production, examine local solutions, and discover how to take action to reduce e-waste. 70 Minutes | Curriculum Links: Canadian & World Studies | Science | Technological Education
GRADE 12 – CLOSING THE LOOP: MATERIALS ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABLE THINKING: Reconsider linear economic systems and investigate product designs with a people, planet, and profit approach. Learn about the resources behind everyday products, their environmental impacts, and how local and global stakeholders can transform sustainability by moving towards a circular economy. 70 Minutes | Curriculum Links: International Business Fundamentals | Canadian & World Studies | Technological Education
Get thinking critically about waste reduction and diversion!
To learn more about School Waste Reduction Programs, please call us at 905-274-6222.
You can also download our Program Poster or contact workshopsREMOVE@ecosource.ca.
*Beginning January 1, 2016 there is a total maximum of 10 workshops in any given school per school year.
To join our social media campaign, share your waste reduction efforts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the #iREDUCE. Learn more about our campaign here.