School & Youth Education

Regional Solid Waste System Educational Programs

The Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System offers a variety of educational services and presentations for teachers and students in school districts of jurisdictions participating in the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System. View the 2015 Education and Outreach Brochure (PDF) to see what is offered!
Kris Major, the Education Coordinator for the City of Spokane and the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System, coordinates the offered classroom activities and can be contacted by email or by phone at 509-625-6521.

Classroom Presentations

Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System educators are available to make environmental education easy. Staff provides materials and presentations on waste reduction and recycling. Each presentation is about an hour and can be tailored to specific grade levels. See our Classroom Presentation Brochure (PDF)!

  • Make it Recycled: Paper! - Students make their own piece of paper from scraps out of your recycling bin.
  • Compost: Nature‚Äôs Recycling - Students learn composting science and explore wildlife (worms that can eat our garbage).
  • Hungry for a Waste Free Lunch? - Students discuss choices that can be made to use fewer resources and have less garbage after lunch.
  • WTE Classroom Program - Group size too big to visit the WTE Facility? An educator can come to your classroom with activities on how the facility works and converts trash to electricity.
An SCRSWS Educator will work with teachers and group leaders to customize the learning experience to best meet the needs of the students and groups.

Waste to Energy Facility Tours

Tours of the Waste to Energy facility, 2900 S Geiger Boulevard, for groups of 10 or more can be scheduled, depending on staff availability, by calling the City of Spokane at 509-625-6521. Walk-in tours are not available.

Composting in the Schools

  • Food-cycling: Scrappy Goes to School. View the How-To Video for food scrap collection tips.

School Recycling Resource Newsletter

You can view issues of our School Recycling Newsletter in the Archive Center.

Other Educational Outreach Programs

Washington Green Schools

This is a free, web-based program to assist schools in making their campuses green and introducing student led activities. Learn more on the Program Website.

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Spokane Youth Environmental Conference or Spokane STEMposium

The Spokane STEMposium, for middle school and high school students, is a yearly event for selected students to share their environmental research projects. Form more information, visit the STEMposium Website.

Spokane EnviroKids' Club

This is a way for kids to connect locally with others to explore different aspects of the environment, including garbage, and recycling. Newsletters are published and distributed to schools as well. To learn more, visit the EnviroKids Website.