CVWMA Education Programs

Educational Resources

    CVWMA Education and Outreach Programs

    Due to the popularity of April and Earth Day, our program availability are at full capacity. Staff  recommends dates in mid-late May or later if you would like to schedule a virtual program.

    What are the 3 R’s? Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Do they really matter? We all make too much garbage. Do you throw everything away (landfill)? Do you know where items you landfill end up? Do you reuse things when possible? Do you repurpose things? Do you recycle? If so, do you recycle correctly? CVWMA wants to help you recycle right and learn why it is important.

    CVWMA Earth Day Education Tool Kit

     Check out these resources Denise Gammon, our Recycling Education and Outreach Specialist created for Earth Day.

    Recycle at home? Do you recycle right? Sort recyclables in the recycling container you use:

    Do you recycle at a local drop-off recycling location? Do you recycle right? Sort recyclables in the recycling dropoff container:

    CVWMA Education Programs

    Our free interactive recycling education programs are available to for learners of all ages within our 13 member local governments. Read each description shown below.

    Due to COVID-19 protocol, CVWMA staff offer “virtual programs” .  Any requests for in-person program must be outside with face coverings and a  very limited number of participants.

    In addition, we encourage you to visit the member locality website where you live to see the education programs offered by some of our “community partners”.

    PreKindergarten

    This lesson explores how preschool students can reduce, reuse, and recycle right and have an impact on the environment. Students will learn how to correctly sort recycling and will understand they can reduce and reuse resources to create less waste and have a positive impact on their environment. This lesson lasts 20-30 minutes and a lesson, a story time and a post-activity. (Virginia Literacy Block 1, Virginia Literacy Block 8). 

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    Kindergarten

    This activity explores natural resources and the ideas of “reduce”, “reuse”, and “recycle right”. Students will understand that some materials can be reused become new things and how to correctly sort their recyclable materials so that they can be recycled into new things. Students will also understand that resources, such as water and electricity, can be conserved. This 30-40 minute lesson will include a warmup activity, a short lesson and reading, and a post activity.  (Science K11.A, B., and C.)

    Educators are encouraged to use our free resources to support this lesson in their classroom:

    Recycle at home? Do you recycle right? Sort recyclables in the recycling container you use:

    Do you recycle at a local drop-off recycling location? Do you recycle right? Sort recyclables in the recycling dropoff container:

    Watch our Journey to the MRF ( pronounced “murf”) 5 minute video/virtual “field trip” inside a Material Recovery Facility (or MRF) located in Chester, VA.

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    Grade 1

    Students will understand that natural resources are limited and that they can have a positive impact on their environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling right. Students will be able to identify ways that they can reduce, reuse and will be able to correctly sort their recyclables with CVWMA programs.  This 30-40 minute lesson will include a warmup activity, a lesson with a book reading, and a simple project-based learning activity.  (Science 1.1a.,b.,c.,g.,I.,j. Earth Resources 1.8 a.,b.,c.)

    Recycle at home? Do you recycle right? Sort recyclables in the recycling container you use:

    Do you recycle at a local drop-off recycling location? Do you recycle right? Sort recyclables in the recycling dropoff container:

    Watch our Journey to the MRF ( pronounced “murf”) 5 minute video/virtual “field trip” inside a Material Recovery Facility (or MRF) located in Chester, VA.

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    Grade 2

      In development.

    Grades 3-4

    Students will learn that there is a human role in conserving natural resources and make the connection that reducing, reusing, and recycling right has a large impact on our ecosystems. Students will be able to understand why recycling right is important on a national and global scale and learn that correctly sorting and preparing recycling is one way that they can influence positive change. This lesson lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes, a warmup, lesson, short project-based learning activity and an exit ticket.  

    Educators are encouraged to use our free resources to support this lesson in their classroom:

    Recycle at home? Do you recycle right? Sort recyclables in the recycling container you use:

    Do you recycle at a local drop-off recycling location? Do you recycle right? Sort recyclables in the recycling drop off container:

    Watch our Journey to the MRF ( pronounced “murf”) 5 minute video/virtual “field trip” inside a Material Recovery Facility (or MRF) located in Chester, VA.

    Request a Speaker

    Grade 5

    In Development.

    Grade 6

    Students will explore basic concepts of reduce, reuse. and recycling right and their complex effects on the environment and public policy decisions. Students will be able to identify what is recyclable, how contamination in the recycling stream negatively affects the recyclability of items, and the resulting impact on the world’s ecosystems. This activity lasts 45-60 minutes and includes a warmup activity, a lesson, a short project-based learning activity and an exit ticket. 

    Math 6.10 a.,b.,c.  Download post Pie Chart Lesson here.

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    Grade 8

    In development.

    High School

    In development.

    Clubs and Youth Groups

    CVWMA’s Recycling Education and Outreach Specialist provides   interactive reduce, reuse, recycle education programs formatted for age level of participants in  afterschool clubs, afterschool programs, 4-H groups, Summer Camps, etc. within our 13 member localities.  Programs are virtual or in-person outside with face mask and limited number of participants.

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    Library Storytimes, Preschools, Childcare Centers, Learning Centers and Childcare After School Programs

    CVWMA ‘s Recycling Education and Outreach Specialist offers a free program that explores how preschool students can reduce, reuse, and recycle right and have an impact on the environment. Children will learn how to correctly sort recycling and will understand they can reduce and reuse resources to create less waste and have a positive impact on their environment. This program lasts 20-30 minutes and includes a lesson, a story time and a post-activity. All programs are virtual at this time.

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    CVWMA Public Affairs Manager provides free recycling basics education programs to Homeowner Associations, Civic Groups, and other adult groups that live within our 13 member localities.  Presentation includes rethinking waste, what items can be recycled, what cannot be recycled and as well as information on any locality special collection events for residents (when available). All presentations are virtual at this time.

    Homeowner Associations, Civic Groups, and Other Adult Groups.

     Recycling Basics  and Beyond programs to adult groups within our 13 member localities.

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    Click here to view our Journey to the MRF video.