Metro Public Works provides waste reduction education programs for adults and children (K-12 programs all list the MNPS academic standards). Below is a description of each program and a link to our registration form.
School Education Programs
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
The Adventures of Enviromutt is a puppet show that teaches children about litter prevention and recycling. Teachers will receive curriculum for a simple recycling lesson in their classroom to introduce children to the basics of recycling. Enviromutt will come in after the teacher completes the lesson plan. The puppet show is 30 minutes and very engaging for students. Sign up to be notified when this program is available.
Curby's Recycling Roadshow is an hour long interactive presentation in the classroom on how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Students learn how to put these practices in place at home and at school. The program wraps up with students going back to the first 2R's (reduce and reuse) through a related art project. Request this program.
Visit the Recycling Education Station at our local MRF (Material Recovery Facility) to learn about how to reduce, reuse and recycle. See what happens to your recyclables when you put them in your residential recycling cart or take them to a recycling drop-off site. Students will participate in an interactive presentation, go through hands-on learning stations in the classroom and get to view the MRF in action. Learn more about the Recycling Education Station field trip. Request this program.
Reducing Food Waste at your school can involve a student led food waste audit of the school, working with a Metro contractor to collect the schools food waste or adopting a compost bin as a science project. Learn more about how to reduce your school's food waste.
Music City Students Pick-up is a 15-20 minute interactive presentation on the importance of not littering and picking up waste on our school grounds and community. After the presentation, Metro Public Works will provide gloves, bags and other supplies to the students to use during the "pickup" around the school. Students will be separate trash and recycling, weight the material and report back to Public Works to receive a prize made from reused materials. Request this program.
Adult Education Programs
Waste Reduction 101 is an overview on the importance of waste reduction and ways that waste reduction can be met: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! This will touch on each area for waste reduction, what Public Works is doing and what resources are available city-wide. This program is great for neighborhood and civic groups and businesses. Request a speaker.
The Dirt on Composting teaches simple ways to start backyard composting. This program includes the different bins, methods and what you can (and can't) compost at home. This program is ideal for neighborhood and community groups. Request a speaker.