Waste Not – Want Not
Grade Level: 9-12
Academic Areas: Science, Interdisciplinary
Duration of service: Semester-Long
Character Virtues: Responsibility, Civic Virtue and Citizenship
Service Areas: Environmental, Human Services, Public Safety
Service Learning Project:
Students will assess the need and advocate for effective solid waste management
on the school campus. School community solid waste management needs may
include: extensive littering; lack of or ineffective recycling; and lack of or
ineffective composting. Participants will include students, teacher(s), custodial
staff, school administrators, members of the local neighborhood and local
Activities will occur primarily during the school day but may extend after school.
Student activities include: planning, designing, and conducting a school-wide
survey regarding solid waste management issues (littering, recycling,
renewable/nonrenewable resources, etc.); analyzing survey results and
constructing relevant charts and graphs; using results to develop a more effective
solid waste management plan for the school community; engaging in school-wide
campus and neighborhood clean-ups; presenting results and possible solutions to
school officials. This service project correlates with the NYS Living Environment
Goals and Objectives
Learning Goals: Students will become knowledgeable about solid waste issues.
Standard: MST Standard 1
Learning Goal: Students will learn how to develop solutions to littering and solid waste
Standard: MST Standard 7
Community need: Littering on campus and in the surrounding community is an eyesore and
potential health hazard. A recycling program is part of a solution.
Possible Community Partners: School neighborhood and the local municipality.
Objective: Students will design, conduct, and analyze a survey addressing recycling and littering
Objective: Students will organize and participate in a campus and neighborhood-wide cleanup
and advocate for an effective recycling program including awareness building.
Virtue: Civic Virtue and Citizenship
Objective: Students will become conscientious of the importance of litter and solid waste
management in their community.
Objective: Students will be accountable for sustained commitment to their designated task(s).
Key Planning Activities
1. Students will research solid waste management options including the pros and cons with
respect to the environment and society.
2. Students and teacher will brainstorm the target and content of the school-wide survey dealing
with solid waste management.
Key Service Activities
1. Students will design, conduct, and analyze a school solid waste survey.
2. Students will plan and implement a campus-wide and neighborhood cleanup and develop an
advocacy program for solid waste management.
Key Reflection Activities
1. (oral) Students will meet as a group to discuss the benefits of their role in littering and
effective solid waste management in their community. (Caring, Respect and Responsibility)
2. (written) Students will demonstrate their civic responsibility by writing a letter to community
member(s), a school board member, superintendent, or elected official regarding their
participation in the solid waste management project. (Civic Virtue and Citizenship)
3. (performance) Students will demonstrate civic responsibility by producing a power point
presentation including their survey results to the School Board/Board of Trustees, PTA,
Upon completion of the students’ survey portion of the project, a recognition certificate will be
presented by school and community members. Student recognition certificates will be awarded
at a local science or environmental conference to which parents and community members will be