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Air Quality Program

A-Way With Waste Introduction

Solid and hazardous waste problems exist in every community in the world. Society as a whole and each of us as individuals contribute to the problem. By individual and collective choices and actions we will provide solutions to these problems.

This curriculum is written and organized to present integrated waste management concepts affecting land, air and water in the ecosystem. Environmental, economic, and political issues are addressed. The activities are designed to promote awareness, attitude, and actions to solve waste management problems at home, in school and in the community.

This is the fourth edition of A-Way With Waste. Research and development for the first edition began in January 1982. The first edition was published in July 1984 and a second expanded edition was published in July 1985. The school program for grades K-12 in Washington started in September 1984. Since that time over 3,600 Washington educators have attended A-Way With Waste workshops. In addition, over 4,500 copies of the curriculum have been distributed nationally and internationally.

The A-Way With Waste curriculum was written and developed by the Department of Ecology with written contributions and expertise provided by teachers, principals, environmental educators, citizen organizations, businesses, industries, and local and state government representatives.

Each classroom activity was written, reviewed, revised, then field tested in Washington classrooms by teachers. Activities were finalized based on field test and review commentary before being included in the curriculum.

The activities, written for grades K-12, are interdisciplinary and action oriented. They provide opportunities for students to participate in cooperative problem-solving and decision-making tasks involving waste management, litter control, and science, technology, and society.

Information and fact sheets introduce each section. State and national waste management legislation, regulation, research and survey information is included. The curriculum also contains a glossary of terms.

The fourth edition of A-Way With Waste includes 50 updated activities from the third edition with over 20 new lessons on air quality and two new water quality lessons. Fact sheets and activities have been updated. (Note: The third edition references and bibliography have not been updated. New resources, however, have been added when applicable.)

Finally, the Washington State Department of Ecology wishes to gratefully acknowledge the many contributors, supporters, and people who make use of A-Way With Waste.

A-Way With Waste Resources Page

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