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.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION (Please read before booking your workshop)

  • Each session is free of charge.
  • This program is available to classes learning virtually and in-person across the Region of Peel.
  • All virtual presentations will be held via Google Meet. If you would like to request a different meeting platform, please contact us directly at workshops@ecosource.ca after completing the booking form below.
  • Please note that we are only able to deliver one workshop per class. This includes split grade classes. If you are booking a workshop for a split grade class, we ask that you please choose the Workshop grade that you feel would best fit the learning experience of your class.
  • Once booked, one of our presenters will reach out to you with further instructions within 1 week of your scheduled Workshop date via email.
  • All bookings must be made at least 1 week in advance.
  • We encourage all teachers to book their Workshop through our online booking system below, however, if you have a request that requires our assistance, please contact us directly at workshops@ecosource.ca

Follow this step-by-step process to book your Waste Workshop

  1. Read through the “Workshop Information” section above.
  2. In the booking calendar below, search through the calendar and select a date and timing that works best for your schedule.
  3. Click on the timeslot that you prefer on the date that you have selected.
  4. When taken to the online booking form, please complete all the required fields to confirm your booking. If you are booking on behalf of another teacher, please enter their contact information.
  5. Click “Save Booking”. You will receive an email confirming that your Workshop has been booked.

We look forward to delivering your Waste Workshop! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at workshops@ecosource.ca.


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

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

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. 

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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