The Environmental Classroom

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Every year Richland County Solid Waste hosts a K-12 student calendar contest. This year is especially exciting because our winners receive a gift packet promoting Richland County. The deadline for the 2021 contest is Thursday, March 4 at 4:30. Contact your local school for more information about the contest and visit our Facebook page for ideas on how to be a “Recycling Hero,” this year’s theme.  

Richland County is also offering two $500 grants to local schools that bring awareness to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The deadline for the grant is Feb. 26, 2021. For more information, please click here.  

Need activities to complete the Spring 2021 school year? Give Kristin a call at 419-774-5861.


Richland County Solid Waste Management (RCSW) is redesigning their educational program for Fall 2021. The Educational Classroom is implementing a program which will include tours; a mock assembly line; interactive discussions related to natural resources, renewable energy sources, and landfill construction; model building; team building; and more! The day’s activities and discussions will focus on and culminate  in the importance of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  The day curriculum will coincide with Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science, Grades 3-5.

Teachers will also have the opportunity to bring a program into their classroom. This flexible program focused on recycling is intended to last about an hour. Students can interact directly and in person with RCSW or via zoom or google meet.

For the day field trip, the Richland County Solid Waste Management will reimburse the cost of one bus per classroom session (up to $100.00).

The tour begins around 9:30am at the school and will end around 2:00pm (or earlier if stipulated by the teacher). The Educational Rep will meet the students by the school bus.

Don’t forget to bring a lunch and to complete all field trip forms prior to the fieldtrip (link to the forms is currently pending)!

RCSW also works with 4-H Groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Home -School Students, and generally all students in the K-12 Richland County district. Call Kristin at 419-774-5861 for setting up an appointment.

We look forward to seeing you.  Have a great year!