Additional Resources

Landfill Tour

Take a field trip to SWACO.  We now offer a virtual experience!  Visit our Landfill Tour webpage to learn more!

Take a field trip to Rumpke.  Learn about how Rumpke processes central Ohio recyclables!


School Competitions

Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl - Primary and Secondary competition

Recycle Mania - College and University competition


SWACO At Home Activities - Please be sure to visit this webpage to learn more about conducting online and outdoor activities with your students!

PAST Foundation/SWACO Garbology Project - Problem-based STEM learning.  Garbology is a hands-on minds-on educational program that explores the global issues of waste management involving students in understanding what we really waste today and what are some of the alternatives for managing waste, today and tomorrow. This program includes three presentations and a Garbage Sort Activity that are aligned with the Ohio Content Standards and Benchmarks. The presentations and interviews with Dr. William Rathje, founder of the Garbage Project, are a great way to get students engaged and involved.

City of Columbus GreenSpot Schools - GreenSpot Schools was developed by the Columbus Public Health Department as an offshoot of the City of Columbus GreenSpot business and residential program to provide support and materials to schools and classrooms who would like to become more environmentally friendly. The aim of the GreenSpot Schools Program is to encourage schools and classrooms K-12 to incorporate sustainability into their everyday operation and teaching practices.

Windows on Waste (WOW) Curriculum - Windows on Waste is an interdisciplinary, environmental studies resource for elementary teachers and other environmental educators. It endeavors to meet the needs of competency-based education and constructivist approaches to teaching and learning. The lessons are grounded in general environmental studies concepts as applied to solid waste management issues, with particular emphasis upon recycling and litter prevention. The lessons also address many important educational concerns in Ohio.

Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) - Terrific Resources for Environmental Education (TREE) listing of outdoor and online resources from organizations around the state for educators and parents!

Ohio EPA Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E4) Program - Ohio EPA’s E4 Program recognizes any K-12 public or private school for their achievements in environmental stewardship and efforts to educate and involve students on environmental topics.  Activities should focus on how students "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" (3Rs) but can include other environmental activities as well.

Keep America Beautiful ’Waste in Place’ Curriculum - Waste in Place is Keep America Beautiful’s educational resource developed for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students and educators that offers hands-on activities related to end littering, improve recycling and beautifying communities. The activities are interdisciplinary and STEM correlated. The materials are used by many educators nationwide to influence positive behavior, to foster social responsibility and respect for the environment, and to enrich their students’ learning experiences.

Keep America Beautiful Waste in Place Service & Project-Based Learning (secondary education)

US EPA Learning and Teaching about the Environment