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Don't Waste It! is a new educator guide to waste management. The guide includes 11 lessons covering five themes: municipal solid waste, recycling, plastics, composting, and landfills. Designed for both formal and non-formal educators with lessons for pre-K to 12th graders, the curriculum in Don't Waste It! can easily be adapted for adult audiences. Each lesson includes a group activity, independent practice, extensions, and additional activities.

Developed by North Carolina’s Chatham County Solid Waste and Recycling, Don’t Waste It! is going to be expanding through the southeast with the help of a $100,000 environmental education grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Over the next two years, SEEA (of which KAEE is a part) will be creating new state-specific versions of the guide for Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. After this, we will launch in-person and virtual training opportunities for educators in these states to learn the curriculum.

"The Don’t Waste It! project will to help current and future educators across the southeast understand the systems for solid waste, recycling, and composting in their state," saysDon’t Waste It! Project Coordinator Lauren Pyle. "We're excited to provide educators across our region with resources and lessons to share this knowledge with students, in order to inspire their local communities to get involved with composting, recycling, and other waste reduction activities."

While KAEE is the fiscal agent for this project, it is being led by Lauren Pyle of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina and Shannon Culpepper of Chatham County Solid Waste and Recycling.

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