Teachers – Sign up for a Waste Watchers workshop now! 2014 dates available!

Earth Day Hamilton-Burlington is bringing its Waste Watchers Program into Hamilton elementary schools. With the support of its partners the City of Hamilton and the Keep Hamilton Clean and Green Committee and funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Waste Watchers Program will be visiting Grade 1 – 6 classes to educate students about waste.

Waste Watchers workshop at EcoFestival

“Waste Watchers was very interesting and educational for students.” St. Teresa of Avila Grade 5/6 teacher

Click here to register for a workshop.

The workshop topics vary for different grade levels.

Grades 1 & 2: Litter Bug
Students will learn what litter is, where we find it, how it effects the environment and how we can prevent litter problems. Hands-on activities include a litter sorting game, learning how to sort waste items and creating a poster.

Grades 3 & 4: The 3Rs and Beyond
Using the 3Rs, students will learn about making less waste and create a commercial to teach others about how easy it is to reduce, reuse and recycle. A follow-up activity for students to complete at school or home is included.

Grades 5 & 6: What is Waste?
Students will do a waste audit of their classroom waste, learn to sort their waste into the correct container and see how long it takes for waste to decompose. A follow-up activity for students to complete at school or home is included.

The workshops are approximately 1 hour long (adjustable to fit your schedule) and is only $60! To keep costs low, and reduce transportation emissions, please book at least 2 workshops per day.

“Waste Watchers workshop was a hands-on presentation that allowed the students to see first-hand what is going into the garbage and it made the students think about how to improve their waste management.” St. Joachim Grade 4 teacher

With every workshop, teachers will receive a resource package with further information on the topics covered in the workshop as well as activities and assignment ideas to continue their students engagement with the topic.

The classroom workshop is designed to meet curriculum needs while teaching students about being responsible for their waste. At the same time the workshop and information will be help schools earn EcoSchools points.

Waste Watchers Teacher Booklet
We have put together information, activities and resources to help teachers and other educators teach waste reduction. Suggested activities include written assignments, creating artwork as well as organizing a group cleanup. Download the booklet below:

Waste Watchers Teacher Booklet

Click here to go to the Workshop Registration Page and register your class for a workshop.

You can also contact the Waste Watchers Program Coordinator, Laurie Nielsen, at wastewatchers@earthdayhamilton.ca