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Franklin County, Massachusetts

Educational Services and Programs

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District provides services to 21 member towns in Franklin County, Massachusetts. The District provides a range of services and programs at no cost for area schools, student groups and clubs, troops, after-school programs, and outdoor schools.   

Technical Assistance to Establish or Improve a Recycling or Composting Program
District staff is available to assist schools in establishing, reinvigorating, or trouble-shooting recycling and composting programs. The District includes 30 public schools; as of March 2012, half of them have composting programs in place, and all are recycling. 
Presentations and Instruction
District staff can provide instruction and presentations on solid waste, composting, and other environmentally-oriented topics for students of all ages and in all disciplines. District staff can assist schools with hands-on solid waste studies and experiments, planning environmental science fairs, Earth Day activities, worm bins, and other environmental education learning activities. Similar services are available for school clubs, outdoor classrooms, after-school programs, and troops.

Curricula and materials 

The District has a number of curricula, along with a range of solid waste and environmentally-related materials, that can be borrowed. Most of the curricula contain easy-to-photocopy activity and learning sheets, as well as background information to successfully complete projects. The activities are intended to be used in conjunction with everyday school curriculum. They are well designed for use as single lessons in order to be most adaptable to individual teaching needs. 
Web Resources for Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Composting
Many websites have free downloadable activities, lessons and curricula for environmental education. Here's a pageful of web resources you may want to explore. 

Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
117 Main St., 2nd Floor
Greenfield, MA 01301
Tel: (413) 772-2438
MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or 1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD)
Fax: (413) 772-3786
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