SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program) Packet #1-Solid Waste

NRRA's first SHIP, launched during the winter months, resembled the traditional "Blizzard Bag."  A compilation of lesson plans and activities accomplished during a snow day for when teachers do not want to lose their stride due to a disaster.  Lesson #1 (K-3 ) investigates the contents of one's waste,  introduces snowman bingo, and includes a video about litter in the oceans. 

Heather discusses why litter is a problem (K-3).

Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic Legal Fact Sheets

As a project of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), NRRA was chosen as the regional organization to host the Food Policy Fact sheets for New Hampshire and provide links for our neighboring New England states. The purpose of this study is to learn more about the barrier to food donations.  FLPC conducted a survey, on behalf of, and with the support of, the Food Safety for Donations Working Group.

Town & Gown

Town & Gown – A Recycling Cooperative demonstrates how towns and schools can partner to save on recycling and waste disposal by pooling resources, creating revenue and training the next green generation. (0.75 hour/credit)

T.O.L.D. – Trash On the Lawn Day

A thought-provoking service-learning project that assesses a school’s waste management issues and opportunities for improvement, while fostering student leadership. Under The NRRA School Recycling CLUB’s guidance, student leaders organize a waste sort of an entire day’s worth of trash. This tool for positive change examines waste management practices, purchasing policies, hauling agreements and diversion opportunities. A T.O.L.D. consists of envisioning and audit planning, the audit, and presentation of the results and action plan.

Garbage Guerrillas

A workshop version of our very popular Trash On the Lawn Day (T.O.L.D.) Rather than sorting all the waste from a day, participants collect small working samples of waste, which are audited and analyzed. (0.5 hour/credit)

Back to the Earth

Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 27 percent of the US municipal solid waste stream. That’s a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead! Composting offers obvious resource management benefits and creates a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled. This workshop, available for all age groups, explains how composting works and how to make it work. (0.75 hour/credit)

Waste = Global Climate Change

This workshop connects waste and global climate change and is followed by a Q&A session. Depending on time, a group break-out session explores and evaluates the school using a waste-focused “School Sustainability Scorecard.” Teams reassemble to report their findings and to reflect on environmental practices and policies the school already has and those they might consider adopting. (0.5 hour/credit)

Healthy Home, Clean Waters

Participants investigate household toxins, primarily cleaning chemicals. They learn how to identify toxic products, why it matters to human health and the environment, how to safely dispose of toxics and how to make or find safer alternatives in the market place. Appropriate for all ages, hands-on activities vary according to group. All participants receive recipe books for making non-toxic products from common, inexpensive items. (1 hour/credit)

Processed Glass Aggregate (PGA): A Certified Waste Derived Product

Glass collected through community recycling programs consists primarily of clear, green, and brown food or beverage containers. Decades ago it was economical to sort this glass by color, but the market price for recycled glass as cullet continues to decrease and the trend is not shifting. For this reason, many state environmental protection and/or transportation departments encourage safe and credible alternative uses of recycled glass as a replacement for other natural aggregate materials (gravel, crushed gravel, or crushed stone).

The Dirt on Dirt: Composting 101

Increasing public concern over air pollution, water quality, and property values, along with more stringent environmental standards have slowed the growth of new landfills and waste-to-energy facilities. Many of these operating facilities are reaching their end-of-life and many communities are not planning to revive them. Composting addresses the issue of decreasing solid waste disposal capacity, and also helps to replenish the earth’s soil – another decreasing commodity.