The key to fostering environmental stewardship in the general public is engaging them firsthand with the recycling process. Students from the Rossland Summit School got to experience the trash and recycling process during a class program called Beyond Recycling.
“This is not your ordinary field trip,” said Monica Nissen, Education Program Manager for Wildsight, the organization that facilitated the event. “The kids get to be detectives for a day, to solve the mystery of what happens to our waste once we throw it in the trash.”
Most citizens do not know how landfills or recycling programs work. These students got the chance to see how products are sorted and how much waste is discarded everyday. Students got to see how electronics waste was handled along with traditional waste and recyclables.
“All the students were pumped to hear about being able to recycle styrofoam and ice cream cartons,” said Jess Williams of Wildsight.
Rossland Summit School is not the only school that has had a chance to take part in the program. Eleven additional schools have each made the trip to see how landfills and recycling works. The British Columbia Ministry of Education has recognized the curriculum as contributing to science learning outcomes.
Wallace, Alicia. " Student detectives go beyond recycling” The Rossland News. 10 December, 2014. Web. 22 December, 2014.