School Curricula

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)

School Club Menu of Programs

The NRRA School Recycling Club builds community action by directing students, teachers, schools and communities to a clear understanding of pertinent solid and hazardous waste issues and supporting sustainable waste reduction programs.

Teaching Toxics - Creating Solutions to Household Pollution

Teaching Toxics: Creating Solutions to Household Pollution provides teachers with a relevant curriculum complete with a wide range of lessons and activities that offer students concepts, knowledge, and understanding of environmental problems and possible solutions. The activities within the curriculum present a variety of real life tasks and hands-on experiences for students to experience and understand, all related to the main concepts, which are: What is household hazardous waste? What are the routes of household hazardous waste?

3R's of the Common Core - A Teacher's Resource Guide to Solid Waste & Recycling

NRRA’s School Recycling Club is pleased to offer our school curriculum 3R’s of the Common Core: A Teacher’s Resource Guide to Solid Waste and Recycling .

A Blueprint for Hazardous Material Management in Schools

Why a Hazardous Waste Manual for Schools?

Schools face increasingly complicated social and economic issues. As society acknowl­edges its connection to the environment, schools are adding environmental concerns to their issues lists. The National School Board Association says the school's environmental responsibility extends to three areas:

Closing the Food Loop at School: An On-Site School Composting Guide

Why do students throw away perfectly good food? One California waste generation study showed that students generate 37.3 pounds of organic waste per year, making it almost half of the total waste generated at a school (California Department of Resources 2014). There are countless more recent studies, but one thing is clear; the United States has a school food waste issue. Food waste leads to increased waste disposal costs and wasted food budget funds, not to mention the environmental costs of sending food to sit in a landfill.