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- Best Ever Compost Cornell University's Program in Environmental Sciences for Educators and Youth has developed a web site called Composting in Schools which features resources and activity ideas, including this illustrated "recipe" for creating a "pot" of compost outdoors.
- Homemade Terrarium Thank you to the Museum of Science & Industry, Tampa, for letting us share this activity, which was developed jointly with The City of Tampa Solid Waste Department.
- Homemade Worm Bin This worm bin project is part of New Jersey Online's Yuckiest Site on the Internet. You can also find out why worms are "nature's recyclers," learn about different kinds of worms, and read about Mary Appelhof (also known as the Worm Woman).
- Soda Bottle Bioreactor Another activity on Cornell University's Composting in Schools web site, the Soda Bottle Bioreactor uses a 3-liter soda bottle to show how composting works on a small scale.
- Oral History Project What makes what we toss out today different from what our parents and grandparents threw away when they were younger? Try this activity to find out how the garbage of yesteryear is different (or similar to) the trash of today.
- Trash Audit Americans create close to 200 million tons of municipal solid waste each year. Find out how much garbage is thrown away at your home or school by auditing your trash.
- Trash Swap One person's trash is another's treasure! Instead of throwing away your old discards, why not trade them? This activity, part of the family-oriented web site Family.com, will show you how.
- How Do Landfills Work? Landfills are one of the most common ways to dispose of garbage, but how does this method affect our environment? Find out by constructing a small-scale replica of a sanitary landfill and examining the results. This activity is one of several lesson plans for K-12 from the Cornell Waste Management Institute.
- Landfill Tour Get a first-hand look at where your garbage goes by visiting your local landfill.
- Ad Analysis Try this project to find out how we as consumers are influenced by today's advertisements.
- Good as Green? What does it mean when a manufacturer says its products are "green"?
- Wrapper Roundup About 0ne-third of our trash is packaging. Try this activity to find out how much of your own garbage is packaging, and what you can do to reduce it.
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