Trashology 101: Waste Reduction for Grades 3-5
The Health and Environment Department has created an educational curriculum on waste management called Trashology 101. The new curriculum is targeted to students in grades 3-5 (ages 8-11) and their teachers, families, youth-serving organizations such as scout groups, recreational clubs, and faith-based organizations.
Through Trashology 101, young people will learn how they are connected to the environment, how solid waste management impacts the environment, and how they can personally make a positive impact in their school, home and community.
To request a copy of the Trashology 101 curriculum click here
Trash Talk and Recycling Road Show Presentations
Is your group or club ready to jump into recycling and learn more about reducing waste? The Environmental Division staff are available to give presentations on the exciting world of waste, recycling and composting. We can talk to your city, community group, church, classroom, neighborhood association, business green team, or any other type of group. Keep in mind you need to allow for at least 20 - 60 minutes for our talk. Contact Brandon Hearn at 913-715-6936 to schedule a presentation.
Commercial Assistance Program- Up to $500 in supplies
Schools are eligible for FREE waste consulting services, along with assistance of up to $500 in supplies to support a diversion program including but not limited to reduction, recycling, and composting. Our staff have worked with many schools to start programs from scratch, or expand on current efforts. We have a variety of resources and lessons learned from other schools that can be shared with you.
Each school must complete a waste assessment by Johnson County staff prior to requesting assistance. Partners will submit an application and each request will be evaluated and approved by staff. Approved assistance will be given on a first come, first serve basis to partners based upon identified needs and recommendations by staff. SIGN UP NOW!
If you would like more information, please email Charles Marx or call 913-715-6981
Kansas Green Schools
The Kansas Green Schools Program provides educational opportunities for preK-12 schools that increase awareness and understanding of environmental interrelationships that impact public health and our society, and that promote responsible environmental stewardship practices.
Their goal is to foster an appreciation and understanding of air and water quality, climate change, energy, reduction and recycling of solid waste, and wildlife habitat.
Grants are available annually for green projects.