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Are you an OC educator looking for a creative way to teach about topics like science, career and environmental engineering? At OC Waste & Recycling not only do we manage the County’s local landfills, but we also employ state-of-the-art engineering and top environmental measures to preserve our local resources. Talking trash is a great way for us to share that expertise while helping to advance education and meet important state recycling goals.

Through our strategic partnerships with the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), OCDE’s non-profit organization Inside the Outdoors (ITO), Discovery Cube OC and others, we’ve funded, co-developed and reached thousands of students with in-classroom, at-home, off-site or combined learning tools. We offer grade appropriate programs available for simple integration with existing K-12 social studies, STEM and other standards-based curricula and frameworks.

On top of that, we also partner with our regional sports teams, Angels Baseball and Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, to combine our collective education initiatives and a lot more incentive to make small changes for a big impact. If you’re a teacher, home schooler, PTA president or administrator – these free resources can very easily support classrooms, after school and summer programs, garden programs, field trips and other community or home learning environments. See below.

OC Waste & Recycling and OC Department of Education Eco Challenge Curriculum - Grade K - 12

Created to increase countywide awareness of landfill processes, organic waste diversion and resource recovery through academic classroom lessons, student activities and family engagement materials. Languages: English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Click on the program flyer here and scan the QR code to receive this free curriculum for your classroom!

  • Supports CA NGSS Performance Expectations 5-ESS3-1 and 5-LS2-1
  • Supports ELA/Literacy Standards RI.5.1, RI.5.7, RI.5.9, W.5.8, W.5.9.a,b and SL.5.5

Inside the Outdoors Program – grant funded programs Project Zero Waste, etc.

  • Discovery Cube OC – EcoChallenge Exhibit, OWL and grant funded program/field trips
For more information on these programs, contact the email or phone number on flyer links, or email our Community Programs Manager here.
Educational Outreach with Orange County Department of Education.
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