Elementary School Waste Workshops

Interactive 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 learning and exploration. These curriculum-connected workshops are offered to individual classes (Grades 1- 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.

If you would like to book workshops for the 2023-2024 school year, please fill out the form below for either an in-person or virtual session. Ask us about booking accessible workshops! E-mail workshops@ecosource.ca to learn more about this offering.

In-Person Waste Workshops Booking Form

  • There is a limit of one Workshop per class per school year.
  • Each Workshop is free of charge
  • School wide bookings across multiple grade teams and classes are encouraged and prioritized for in-person delivery.

Please fill out the form below to request Waste Workshops for your school. One of our team members will be in touch within 3-5 business days to confirm the booking and finalize the delivery schedule.

Virtual Waste Workshops Booking Form

  • There is a limit of one Workshop per class per school year.
  • Each Workshop is free of charge
  • Virtual Waste Workshops will be delivered through Google Meet. Please reach out to workshops@ecosource.ca after submitting your request to request an alternative platform if needed.

Please fill out the form below to request Waste Workshops for your school. One of our team members will be in touch within 3-5 business days to confirm and finalize the booking.


Through song, games, and hands-on learning, students will learn how the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) help maintain a healthy environment for all living things. | 30 minutes | Curriculum Connections: Science & Technology

What is the destiny of our waste? Through interactive 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

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 

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

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

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

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

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


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, registered schools 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. 

In the Region of Peel, we live and work on the traditional territory and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We would like to acknowledge the first inhabitants of these lands and those who continue to live in these regions, including the Anishinabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Ojibway/Chippewa and Métis peoples.

We occupy colonized First Nation territories and it is our responsibility to recognize our colonial histories, their present-day implications, and to work together to honour, protect and sustain Indigenous rights, and this land.

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