Cal-Waste in the Classroom

Welcome to Cal-Waste’s Close the Loop: Understanding the Waste Cycle. This outreach education program is designed for grades two through four, containing lessons and activities aimed to share with students how to become better environmental citizens. After all, we each have an active role to play in dealing with waste issues, from reduction to disposal.

Each session includes a chapter summary defining clear objectives, outline of concepts and skills addressed, list of materials provided, lesson procedure, and pre/post -visit activities. All sessions are designed to easily integrate into your current curriculum, and apply to a variety of subject matters areas (e.g. math, social studies, language and fine arts).

In each lesson, students will use their core academic skills to demonstrate their knowledge of recycling and the environmental cycle. We will learn about natural resources, MRF (Material Recovery Facility), landfills, waste-to-energy plants and the role each plays in managing solid waste. Students will be encouraged to discuss these methods of managing the waste stream and explore the ways in which people, as individuals, can have a positive impact on reducing waste and its effects on the environment. Through a variety of creative activities each student will learn how fun and easy it can be to help the environment.

In developing this program, teachers have contributed their ideas and tested the effectiveness of the lessons in classrooms and afterschool workshops. Their early assistance and ongoing feedback has helped ensure the curriculum’s continuing integrity.

By learning about an integrated waste disposal system and the 3 R’s of recycling (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) students realize their own actions and individual choices can make a positive difference in the world. Perhaps this is the most valuable lesson.

As members of the communities we serve, we believe in school involvement and welcome the opportunity to support your educational endeavors. Click here to schedule an appointment today.

2017 Earth Day Poster Contest

Every year Cal-Waste is proud to sponsor an Earth Day Poster Contest helping the children of our community to raise environmental awareness and inspire students to make a difference in the world. This year our guidelines included the use of recycled materials in the creation of the entry. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the huge response we received from schools in Galt and Woodbridge!

While it was difficult to choose our favorite, we have included the Grand Prize Winner, School Winners, and Honorable Mentions in the gallery below. Please take a moment to check out these great works of art focused on keeping our planet clean, healthy and safe. We are looking forward to next year’s contest!

2016 Teen Art Exhibit

Dave and Kandy Vaccarezza and the Cal-Waste Team are proud sponsors of this great event where teen artists have created powerful and poignant pieces depicting what it’s like to be a teenager in today’s world.

Read this great Lodi News Sentinel article about the exhibit by clicking here.

Teen Perspective Art Exhibit

Don’t Waste Our Future

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Cal-Waste is proud to have produced this amazing video with the help of Robert Solari and children from our local school district. Educating our future recyclers is key to our mission. Click the red button and check it out now!