Environmental Education Programs

To foster greater understanding of the management of waste in York County, The York County Solid Waste Authority offers environmental education programs on a wide variety of topics.  Presenters are available to visit you at your site and all programs are customized for age-appropriate content and length.  Programs are provided at no cost to York County residents, schools and civic groups.   To schedule a presentation for your group, please call 717-845-1066 or contact us here a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Programs Available:

The Magic of Waste-To-Energy!

Via an interactive presentation, participants “tour” the York County Resource Recovery Center, the first waste-to-energy facility in Pennsylvania to use advanced air pollution control technology.Learn More

The Incredible, Edible Landfill!

In this hands-on activity, participants are appointed “honorary landfill engineers” for the day to build their own landfills out of a mixture of candy and healthy ingredients.
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Recycled Paper Revelations!

What does an insect have to do with the evolution of paper?  How many trees does it take to make a ton of paper?  How can recycled paper be used in the construction of a home?  These and many other revelations are revealed in this interactive program.
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Vermicomposting: Worms with an Appetite (for Waste)!

It’s a sad fact that an estimated 40% of food in the United States is wasted.  Much of that food smelling up our kitchen trash cans and weighing down our trash trucks, could be put to good use through composting.  Participants in this program learn all about vermicomposting.
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Household Hazardous Products: Is “Mr. Yuk” Living in Your House?

Ever since “Mr. Yuk” was introduced by the Pittsburgh Poison Center in 1971, folks have been sticking his “yucky” green face on the containers of household hazardous products everywhere.  In this program, participants learn about common household products and how misuse of these products can hurt people and the environment.
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Composting: Get “the Dirt” on Humus!

Composting not only takes yard and food waste out of the garbage, but also produces valuable humus, a dark, rich and crumbly substance that is an excellent soil conditioner.  Participants in this program learn how to turn their yard and food waste into compost in their own backyards in just a few simple steps.
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Recycling “Rules”! 

Recycling is a constantly evolving industry who’s rules can seem ever-changing.  Many people can find it hard to keep up with what materials can be recycled, how to prepare recyclable materials for processing and what to leave out of their bin.  This program will answer those questions and more with the latest information from York County recycling companies.
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“Green Consumerism”: How your Shopping Habits Impact the Environment

Participants in this program examine consumer shopping habits to understand how product packaging and lifestyle influence their product selections, and how their selections directly impact the environment.
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What in the World is a Solid Waste Authority?

Who manages the waste I produce?  Where does all my garbage go?  This introduction to the York County Solid Waste Authority will answer these and many other questions.
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