Classroom Programs

The District offers numerous free or partially-subsidized programs focused on reducing waste.

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

Cost: Free
Length: Approximately 45 minutes
Participants: Minimum number, 12; maximum 30
Contact: E-mail Jenny Lohmann

Pre-K through Seventh Grade

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 (worm bins). 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 whats, whys and hows of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Food is a Valuable Resource

Anyone who has walked through a cafeteria knows firsthand how much good food is being thrown out, but did you know 40% of the food in the U.S. never gets eaten even though one in six in Hamilton County is food insecure? This lesson will bring awareness to your students of the real value of food, introduce food as a system, offer tips on wasting less while helping others who are hungry.

Paper Factory 
Nearly 32% of the material going into our landfills is paper, making it the largest component of the waste stream. All but 2% of 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.

Recycling is Doggone Easy (for Pre-K and Kindergarten)
Students will be able to read a book then participate in a recycling activity, sing a song, and do a cheer in this introduction to recycling.

Seventh Grade through High School

Educational opportunities are aligned with Ohio's Standards in Science in Social Studies. 

Introduction to Municipal Solid Waste: Where Does Our Garbage Go?

The Dump vs. the Landfill, What Makes Them Different?

Whose Responsibility is it Anyway, or Why Should I Care About Garbage?

Sanitary Landfills and Their Alternatives

Preventing Wasted Food, Your Future Depends on It!

Products and Packaging: What is the Real Lifespan of the Items we Purchase?

Recycling Economics

Composting: Why and How?

School Staff, PTA/PTO Members

Minimum number of 12 participants

Learn how you and your school can reduce waste. Presentations are tailored to your school's needs and can be scheduled before, during, or after school.

Learn how to package a Garbage Free Lunch. School garbage cans are full of uneaten food and packaging waste. This program is designed to educate on preventing wasted food and packaging, all while saving you money.

Teacher workshops are also available. Email Jenny Lohmann or find out more.

Student Clubs or Groups 

Is your student council, ecology club, green team, or scout group interested in reducing waste or starting a recycling program at school? Recycling Rocks! will train your students to be green guardians and experts in waste reduction.

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! R’s For Life is a fun, fast-paced program that will leave kids with a new understanding of the impact they have on our local environment and their futures. This program empowers and inspires 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 website 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 

Students will learn abut what makes great compost, and then get to roleplay creating their own 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!