Classroom Programs

The District offers numerous free or partially subsidized programs focused on reducing waste for schools that recycle and are registered with the District's Recycling Assistance Program. Please see the following list of providers, including pricing and course descriptions for a program to fit your class.

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

Cost: FREE
Length: Approximately 45 minutes
Contact: E-mail Jenny Lohmann or call 513-946-7736

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Changing States of Matter
In this lesson, students will follow crude oil from its virgin state to gas, and finally to a solid plastic. Next, they will "upcycle" a non-recyclable plastic container into a creation similar to a Shrinky-Dink®.

Composting 101 
In Hamilton County, more than 22% of what goes into our landfills could be composted. Learn the fundamentals of backyard composting and indoor vermicomposting while students use science inquiry and applications. Composting is an easy and effective way to keep organics out of the landfill.

Conservation of Resources
In Hamilton County, nearly 41% of what we throw in the trash could be recycled. Students will learn the what, why and how of recycling programs while using science inquiry and applications.

Paper Factory 
Nearly 32% of the material going into our landfills is paper, making it the largest component of the waste stream. A recent study indentified nearly all the paper is either recyclable or compostable. This program describes the production of paper from its virgin state and recycled state, and allows students to participate in making recycled paper.

School Staff, PTA/PTO Meetings varied times
Learn how you and/or your school can join the green movement through recycling and environmental education. Presentation will discuss ways that your school can develop a sustainable recycling program.

Teacher workshops are available to fit your needs on such topics as: School Recycling; Project Learning Tree Curriculums; or Nature Recycles: Make and Take Classroom Worm Bin. Minimum number of 10 participants required.

Parents can learn how to pack a Garbage Free Lunch. School garbage cans are full of uneaten food and packaging waste. This program is designed to give lunch packers ideas on how to be responsible stewards of their environment while practicing good economic sense.

Student Clubs or Groups 
Is your student council, ecology club, green team, or scout group interested in starting a recycling program at your school? School Recycling Rocks! presents local recycling options, ideas for school recycling plans, program maintenance, and ways to increase participation.

Minimum number of 12 participants required. All other programs are also available to after-school groups.

Crystal Clear Science

Cost: $55 for schools registered with Recycling Assistance Program; $10 for low-income schools registered with Recycling Assistance Program; $125 for first program and $110 for additional programs for schools not registered with the District's Recycling Assistance Program (must be within 90 minutes of Cincinnati, Ohio).
Contact: E-mail or call 513-553-2252

Fantastic Plastic 
Grades K–12, 45 minutes
This hands-on program teaches kids the rules of recycling plastic. It also covers physical properties of matter and includes great reuse activity ideas.

Paper Capers 
Grades K–12, 45 minutes
Students will learn about the importance of the entire recycling loop: buy things that can be recycled, recycle them, and purchase goods made from recycled products. They will also participate in a paper recycling demonstration.

R’s for Life!!! 
Grades K-8, 45 minutes
Teach your students about reducing, reusing, and recycling (3 R’s) while reinforcing academic content standards at the same time! R’s For Life is a fun, fast-paced show that will leave kids with a new understanding of the impact they have on our local environment and their futures. This program focuses on empowering and inspiring kids to be a part of the solution and features many great reuse projects and experiments! (This program is also available as an assembly; see the "Assemblies" section of the newsletter for a full description.)

Recycling Rules 
Grades K–12, 45 minutes
This hands-on program teachers students the science of solids, liquids and gases while teaching how recyclables are sorted at the facility. Students learn properties of objects as they use physical properties to separate a mixture that contains the resources used to make glass, plastic, paper and aluminum.

Rotten Science 
Grades K–12, 45 minutes
This program delves deeper into the science of the carbon cycle and composting. Students will learn that one of the largest parts of the waste stream can recycle itself!

Taking Charge of Recycling 
Grades 6–Adult, 45 minutes 

This program is designed for middle and high school students and adults who want to bring recycling to their schools, homes, churches and other community areas. Attendees will learn how to calculate benefits/costs, the infrastructure of recycling programs, and the way that recycling helps us do our "civic duty." Many math, science and social studies standards are covered in this program.

Mother’s Nature

Cost: $46 for schools registered with Recycling Assistance Program; $10 for low-income schools registered with Recycling Assistance Program; $92 for schools not registered with the District's Recycling Assistance Program (must be within 60 miles of Loveland, Ohio).
Contact: E-mail or call 513-697-8826

Composting: Let it Rot 
Grades PreK–4, 45 minutes 

A brief discussion of exactly what makes great compost leads students into role-playing the various components of a compost pile. Students must deduce what processes need to occur in order for them to remain a viable "microhabitat." Then, working in small groups, students "dissect" compost, sorting, classifying, and charting what they find. A rousing chorus of "Dirt Made My Lunch" helps reinforce that composting is important for everyone.

Recycling: Where Does Our Garbage Go? Puppet Show 
Grades PreK–4, 30 to 45 minutes 

Students will watch a brief puppet show about recycling, make recycled paper, sing songs about recycling, and much more!