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Recycling Education Assistance for Public Schools

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The average Massachusetts resident produces more than six pounds of trash each day. That adds up to about one ton per person a year. But people reduce their reliance on landfills and incinerators, preserve open spaces, generate new jobs, and save trees and other natural resources by recycling, composting, and reducing waste.

That is the message delivered by DEP's Recycling Education Assistance for Public Schools (REAPS) program. DEP developed the REAPS Program in order to promote a knowledge and understanding of solid waste issues as well as help develop waste diversion programs in public schools. REAPS provides free classroom presentations and teacher training on recycling and other solid waste issues for Grades K through 12. DEP has sponsored the program since 1995, making hundreds of classroom presentations and offering numerous teacher-training sessions.

The goals of REAPS are to expand and maintain an educational program that increases awareness of why and how to use the "3 R's" (reduce, reuse, recycle); initiate and increase participation in recycling, composting and other waste reduction activities by students, teachers and parents; and track related programs in public schools across the state.

More Info www.state.ma.us/dep/recycle/files/reaps.htm
Project Contact
Name Paul Walsh
Phone 617-556-1011
Project Keywords
Processes Separation Processes
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems, Facility Design
Industrial Sectors Educational Institutions
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 11 No. 3, Fall 2001 [PDF]


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