Waste Workshops

Elementary School Virtual Waste Workshops

Interactive virtual curriculum-connected lessons based on local and contemporary waste issues 

The Region of Peel’s Waste Workshops, delivered by Ecosource, engage students in contemporary waste issues and foster critical thinking through interactive virtual learning and exploration. These curriculum-connected workshops are offered to individual classes (Grades 2- 8) across the Region of Peel. The program, led by qualified and knowledgeable educators, aims to inspire change in waste reduction practices and study in each classroom by creating awareness amongst students, teachers, and administrators. Contact workshopsREMOVE@ecosource.ca to learn more about our program. 

WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Please note that there is a limit of 1 workshop per class. Split classes are asked to specify what Workshop Grade they would like to receive. Please direct any booking requests or questions to workshops@ecosource.ca. 

For booking request, please provide the following information:

  • Teacher Name
  • School Name
  • Number of Workshops + Grades (e.g. 2 grade 7 workshops)
  • Approximate Date of Workshop Request (Depending on availability, you may be offered an alternative timeslot)

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Grade 2 – Waste Warriors: What is the destiny of our waste? Through interactive virtual activities, students explore the importance of the 3Rs and sustainability in our interrelationship with the natural environment. | 60 minutes | Curriculum Connections: Science & Technology; Social Studies 

Grade 3 – Curb Your Organics: When food has gone bad, or when we throw our food waste out, is the garbage bin the best place to throw it? A lot of nutritious food comes from the soil, and we can do our part to help complete the food lifecycle by properly disposing of food waste! Students will uncover composting methods in the Region of Peel, investigate different stages of decomposition, and discover which items rot and which do not. | 60 minutes | Curriculum Connections: Science & Technology  

Grade 4  Drastic Tales of Plastic: Plastic products are useful to us in many ways, but where do they go when we throw them away? In this workshop, students will investigate the lifecycle of plastic products. Students will learn about the impacts of human interactions with natural habitats and communities, and what actions citizens can take to address the environmental impact of plastic production and disposal. | 60 minutes | Curriculum Connections: Science & Technology 

Grade 5 – Love Food, Not Waste: Did you know that an estimated one third of all food produced globally is wasted? Through examining the difference between food scraps and food waste, and participating in food waste case studies, students will explore different perspectives on food waste and the various ways citizens and industries can take action to address related social and environmental issues. | 60 minutes | Curriculum Connections: Science & Technology; Social Studies 

Grade 6  Thinking Outside the Lunchbox: The convenience of pre-packaged foods makes them a popular choice for snack and lunchtime, but did you know that much of the garbage created in schools comes from food packaging? Through lunch-waste sorting and lifecycle of waste guessing games, students will explore the issues of over-packaged foods and their impact on the environment and global community. By thinking outside the “lunchbox”, participants will consider new ways to pack a healthier, lower-waste lunch. | 60 minutes | Curriculum Connections: Social Studies 

Grade 7 – Electronics Unplugged:  Today, the newest and coolest phones seem to come in and out of style as fast as you can say LOL. In this workshop, students will investigate the lifecycle of electronics to uncover the resources used to create them and where they go when we are done with them. Students learn how to make the right call and reduce the impact of electronic and hazardous waste on the environment. | 60 minutes | Curriculum Connections: Geography; Science & Technology 

Grade 8 – Rethink Wants, Reduce Waste: Want it, buy it, own it, use it, hate it, toss it, then repeat. Consumerism impacts various aspects of the environment and sustainability. It drives demand for products and influences the materials economy – from resource extraction to production and transportation, use and disposal. Through exploring consumerism and lifecycle analysis, students will compare consumer needs with marketing strategies and learn how to make smart consumer choices that value the planet’s resources and promote sustainability. | 60 minutes | Curriculum Connections: Geography; Science & Technology 

Cancellation Policy

Emergency cancellations: We recognize that situations arise and cancellations may happen because of emergencies. If these emergency circumstances do arise, Ecosource and the registered school will try to rebook the workshop for an alternate date. In cases where programs are rebooked for the current school year, no cancellation fee will apply.  

Cancellations with Short Notice: We are a non-profit and rely upon our program bookings to maintain consistent funding. Cancellations made on short notice create scheduling challenges and thus, participating school who cancel will be subjected to cancellation fees in order to help us cover the costs of materials and staffing.  

 Waste Workshops which are cancelled within less than 14 days notice are subject to a $25 cancellation fee per class. 

Cancellation Process: To cancel a booking, please email workshops@ecosource.ca and you will receive a receipt of cancellation.