Teaching Tools

RethinkWaste values education and seeks to empower children and adults to reduce waste and protect the environment by providing knowledge and resources.

RethinkWaste offers the following educational resources to schools and youth groups in the agency’s service area:

  • Tours of the Shoreway Environmental Center
  • Assemblies and in-class presentations focused on the 4R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot/Compost)
  • Lessons and workshops about composting at school and at home
  • Educator support in connecting waste reduction and resource conservation themes to state-mandated Common Core standards for classroom curriculum
  • Assistance establishing and engaging green teams, environmental clubs, and other student groups on campus
  • Waste audits and assessment to help identify opportunities to improve recycling, composting, and reuse on school campuses
  • Teaching tools to supplement education provided during RethinkWaste presentations and Shoreway Tours

Additional Resources

The following items include activities and lesson plans that can be used before and after RethinkWaste presentations and Shoreway Tours, or as stand-alone curriculum.

Pre-Tour Materials:

Post-Tour Materials:

Please also visit our partner organizations for even more information!

Office of Sustainability

San Mateo County Office of Education

Recology San Mateo County