Curriculum Portfolio

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Waste Awareness Curriculum Portfolio

 

 

The lessons below meet California State Content Standards. Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency staff are happy to teach the following lessons to Tehama County students or prepare you (teachers) with the necessary materials to conduct the lesson on your own. To schedule a lesson please contact the Recycling Coordinator at (530) 528-1103.

 

At A Glance: Lessons by Grade and Objective(s)

Harvest or Recycle For PaperGrades 4 &5 

In this lesson, students will learn about how trees are harvested to make paper. They will participate in an experiment and make a recycled piece of paper from newspaper. Students will understand where paper comes from and the impacts of not recycling.

4Rs from Home – Grade 4 & 5 

Students will learn about the 4Rs hierarchy (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot/Compost) by bringing in waste items from home that they will classify into groups according to the 4Rs hierarchy. They will justify why they placed each item into its category in writing and report their findings to the class.

 

Know Your Plastics – Grade 4

Students conduct a series of tests to determine the properties of different types of plastics. They will audit the plastic waste generated in their homes, understand the positive and negative impacts of using plastic. Learn about barriers to recycling some forms of plastic and the ways in which plastic is remade into new products. Students will graph their results.

Renewable or Nonrenewable – Grade 4

Students will define renewable, nonrenewable and perpetual resources, classify items as being made from renewable or nonrenewable resources and identify four ways to conserve fossil fuel, minerals, plants and animals.

Reuse and ChoicesGrades 4 &5

Students will participate in making group decisions for identifying the best choice among four alternatives for reusing items. The students will bring in items from home and list at least three ways to reuse each item.

Substitute for Safety – Grade 4

Students will be able to accurately describe household hazardous and nonhazardous cleaning chemicals. Students will have an understanding of household hazardous waste disposal in landfills.

Use LessGrades 4 &5

Students will define “reduce” and describe at least three ways to decrease the use of paper items. They will form a hypothesis and collect data using a survey to support or refute their hypothesis.

Vermi Fun – Grade 4

Students will demonstrate concepts of habitat and community and identify factors that may affect these. Students will investigate dependency of animals on habitat and interrelationships of plants and animals in a specific habitat. They will describe ways in which humans can change habitats and affect those changes on the plant and animals within these habitats.

Reuse and Save Wildlife – Grade 4

Students will: a) understand and explain how reducing waste conserves natural resources, and b) understand reducing landfill waste will conserve wildlife habitat.

Graphing Litter – Grade 4 & 5

In this lesson, students will collect litter found on school grounds and link this litter back to natural resources. They will classify the materials into different categories of waste and compare the types and percentages of litter found on school grounds to the amount of waste that is generated in Tehama County.

Reduce; Critical Thinking – Grade 4 & 5

Students will:

  • Express their values about reducing waste.
  • Describe whether their values about reducing waste changed because of discussions with other students.
  • Understand and apply the term “evidence.” 

 

Picture This – Grade 5

Students will describe changes in public attitudes toward recycling, reuse and new sanitary landfills compared to old style landfills. Scientific thinking processes include observing, communicating, ordering, and classifying. Students will learn single use items can be reused by turning an old material into a reusable shopping or grocery bag.

Products in Perspective – Grade 5

Students will (1) trace some products from their source to the consumer; (2) identify the impact those products and their processing have on landfills and the environment in general; and (3) recommend, with explanations, some consumer habits that could benefit landfills and the rest   of the environment.

In this lesson, students will learn how to reduce packaging waste by comparing products that   have minimal or excessive packaging. Students will bring in examples of packaging from home and work in groups to create a poster depicting ways to reduce packaging waste.

Reuse or Recycle Hierarchy – Grade 4 & 5

Students will:

  • Compare the amount of energy and natural resources saved by reusing a plastic bottle before it is recycled.
  • Discuss different energy sources and inputs required to manufacture and transport a plastic product.
  • List three benefits of reusing something before it is disposed of.

Reuse, Sewing New Things – Grade 4 & 5

In this lesson, students will learn about the natural resources used to make fabric and use their math skills to make a quilt square from reused fabric scraps or old magazines. In reusing fabrics and paper for new things, we minimize landfill impacts.

Exploring Our Planet – Grade 5

Students will:

  • recognize that the earth is the source of everything we make, use, and throw away
  • Learn there in no such thing as “away”
  • differentiate between natural resources and human-made items and their associated life cycles

Recognize Hazardous Routes – Grade 5

 Identify ways people dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW). Identify the impacts these disposal methods have on health and the environment. Students suggest safe alternative management routes for household hazardous wastes. Learn vocabulary: poisonous, toxic, hazardous, dangerous, flammable, ignitable, corrosive, reactive, and irritant. Understand that the words: “caution,” “warning,” and “danger” have special meaning and that children should never play with certain types of household products.

Potato Packaging Waste – Grade 5

Students will:

  • Compare and contrast the price per pound of products to the amount of waste they generate
  • Analyze the positive and negative aspects of packaging

Activity Landfill Depot – Grade 5

Students will be able to accurately construct a model of a sanitary landfill, identify the parts of a landfill, explain their function and understand a trash trail. Students will quantify an average person’s daily waste and understand the importance of minimizing waste that must be landfilled. Scientific thinking processes include observing, communicating, ordering, and classifying.

Packaging in Math – Grade 6

The students will be able to examine product packaging to determine whether packaging is excessive and whether it is recyclable. The students will be able to identify waste reduction techniques.

Landfill Gas – Grade 6

Students will know environmental and external factors that affect individual and community health. Know ways local, state, federal and international efforts to prevent solid waste contamination/air pollution). Understand global development and environmental issues. Understand the possible impact that present conditions and patterns of consumption, production and population growth might have on the future.

The students will design, construct, and test a toxic waste transportation vehicle. Students will understand there are appropriate methods of identifying potential hazards and communicating them to others, which include placarding for transported materials (DOT/DPS regulations) and material safety data sheets (MSDS) for chemical constituents (OSHA regulations).

HHW and your Waste Stream – Grade 6

 Household hazardous wastes must be placed somewhere that is safe for the environment.

 As a result of this activity students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of environmental consequences, particularly the effects on surface water, and the water table, from unsafe household hazardous waste disposal habits or practices.
  • Be able to identify where persistent household hazardous wastes go when they are thrown out.
  • Be able to state the proper disposal method of different household hazardous wastes

Organic Matters – Grade 6

The students will be able to:

  • Recognize the presence of organic matter in soils from their compost
  • Recognize which soil sample contains the highest concentration of organic matter
  • By composting, a gardener reduces the amount of material in the landfill, and a gardener who uses compost does not need to use potentially damaging chemical fertilizers to feed the soil.

Understanding Leachate – Grade 6

The students will design, construct, and test a landfill plastic liner and determine if it can be made to hold water (leachate).

Create It – Grade 6

Students will:

  • Reuse discarded items to create a working model  
  • Understand and explain how reducing waste conserves natural resources
  • Learn reducing landfill waste conserves natural places

Paper In Math – Grade 6

The students will identify recycling as an alternative to disposal of paper. A method for determining the cost-effectiveness of a recycling program will be described.

               

Reuse of Available Products Facility (REAP)

REAP (REuse of Available Products) Household Product Reuse Facility • Mobile program Press Release   • Permanent Facility Press Release    • Advertisements    • FAQ's      • QA Plan   • Liability Waiver   • Grant Goals and Objectives   • Survey Analysis Report

 

Consumers tend to over-purchase cleaning products and paints, leading to large volumes of leftover material that is expensive to manage and dispose of. In fact, over $70,000 is spent annually in Tehama County alone managing household hazardous waste (HHW) received from the public. Much of this HHW is not in fact waste, but products in good condition that can easily be reused.

The Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency (Agency) is providing public access to these unwanted, usable products for reuse through the REAP program, which stands for the REuse of Available Products. Various types of materials are available to the public FREE of charge including:

  • Latex Paint (interior and exterior),
  • Household Cleaners (window cleaner, degreasers, bathroom and kitchen cleaner, etc.),
  • Automotive Fluids (oil for large and small engines, antifreeze, engine cleaners, etc.),
  • Pesticides, 
  • Herbicides,
  • Adhesives,
  • Stains,
  • Detergents,
  • Fertilizers,
  • Disinfectants, and more!

All products are in original containers with original labeling intact. Product inventory fluctuates allowing various material types to be accessible. Please check out our mobile or permanent REAP Facility before buying new products. We can save you money!

The REAP program is beneficial to both the public and the  Agency. It reduces fees the Agency has to pay to properly dispose of the discarded material, as it is considered Hazardous Waste. In utilizing this facility, the public is helping to keep materials out of a Hazardous Waste Landfill elsewhere. So, before you go out and spend money on expensive paints, cleaners, or automotive fluids see what we have in stock! It could help you save money and the environment.

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Mobile REAP Program 

The Agency's new mobile REAP trailer  redistributes products to the public for free all summer long at community events throughout the County. The REAP trailer has been redistributing products at events such as the Sacramento River Discovery Center's Watershed Celebration and select Wednesday Night and Saturday Morning Farmer’s Markets in Red Bluff, and select Friday Night Farmer’s Markets in Corning. To find out where the mobile REAP trailer will be next, visit our Upcoming Events page. Please note, the REAP program does not accept Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). HHW is accepted at two HHW facilities in Tehama County on select days. Follow this link for more information regarding Household Hazardous Waste. For HHW collection days is visit our Upcoming Events page.

The Permanent REAP Facility:

Please note our NEW address at 20000 Plymire Rd. Red Bluff, CA 96080. Map

The Agency's Permanent Reuse Facility is open to the public at the Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency office located at 20000 Plymire Rd.. At this facility, the public is able to select reuse materials for FREE, Tuesday - Friday 9am-4pm.

 

Tehama County Recycles

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Why does Tehama County recycle?

- To conserve natural resources; making new products from recycled material allows raw material to remain in its natural state.

- To reduce environmental impacts; mining raw materials threatens habitat as well as air, water and soil quality.

- To reduce energy consumption; it only takes a small fraction of the energy to make new cans or bottles from old ones, as it does to mine and process fresh raw materials. This is true for steel, aluminum, glass, paper, and for most other metals in addition to California Redemption Value containers. For example, using recycled aluminum requires 95% less energy than mining new aluminum from ore

- To conserve space in the landfill

Every bit that can be recycled helps keep energy costs down and minimizes pollution associated with the manufacturing process!

Check out the A - Z Recycling Guide as a reference of how to recycle various materials from agricultural and automotive products to x-ray film and yardwaste!

Interested in starting your own plastic recycling enterprise? Check out Precious Plastic for everything you need to start recycling plastic at home!

Agency Information

Tehama County and the cities of Red Bluff, Corning and Tehama manage solid waste through a combination of government agencies and contracts with private companies. The following are involved with solid waste in Tehama County:

TCSWMA

Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency (TCSWMA) - The TCSWMA is a joint powers authority (JPA) comprised of the County of Tehama, and the cities of Red Bluff, Corning and Tehama.

Effective July 1, 2015, the Tehama County Sanitary Landfill Agency was consolidated into Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill Management Agency and renamed the Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency (TCSWMA). Upon the consolidation of the two agencies, the TCSWMA assumed the duties of both the Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill Management Agency and the Tehama County Sanitary Landfill Agency. The TCSWMA is managed by Rachel Ross, who reports to the Agency Board of Directors (members of the Tehama County Board of Supervisors, Red Bluff City Council, Corning City Council, Tehama City Council and one Public Member-At-Large Director). The TCRBLMA holds monthly public meetings (see the Upcoming Events section for a schedule of future meetings). Visit the Board Agendas section of the website for meeting minutes.

"The mission of the Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency is to protect public health and the environment in the County of Tehama through integrated, cost effective, and environmentally sound solid waste management. The Agency strives to conserve natural resources, sustain the environment, and reduce solid waste being landfilled through innovative leadership and effective grant and outreach programs that foster a sense of responsibility and inspire action by Tehama County residents."

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Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill Management Agency (TCRBLMA)- The TCRBLMA was a joint powers authority (JPA) comprised of the County of Tehama and the City of Red Bluff. The TCRBLMA oversaw the daily operation of the Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill and the facilities on site, such as the Material Recovery Facility. The Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill Management Agency contracted with Waste Connections, Inc. for the operation of the Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill and Material Recovery Facility. The current operations agreement began March 1, 2014 and will expire on February 8, 2024. The TCRBLMA was also responsible for maintaining permits and monitoring environmental compliance at the Landfill. 

"The mission of the Tehama County/Red Bluff Management Agency is to provide integrated, cost effective, and environmentally sound solid waste management that conserves natural resources, meets state and federal regulations, and sustains the environment and the quality of life for residents in the County of Tehama."

The TCRBLMA held monthly public meetings. Visit the Board Agendas section of the website for meeting minutes.

Independent audits of the TCRBLMA's financial statements for fiscal years July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010, July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011, July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012, and July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 are available for online viewing.  

 

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Tehama County Sanitary Landfill Agency (TCSLA)- The TCSLA was a joint powers authority (JPA) comprised of the County of Tehama, and the cities of Red Bluff, Corning and Tehama.

"The mission of Tehama County Sanitary Landfill Agency is to foster a sense of responsibility and inspire action by Tehama County residents to reduce solid waste being landfilled through innovative leadership and effective grant and outreach programs. The Tehama County Sanitary Landfill Agency will provide financially stable and fiscally responsible management of closure and postclosure activities of the Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill to protect public health and the environment in the County of Tehama."

The TCSLA oversaw requirements of California Assembly Bill 939, which includes the 50% diversion required of all California jurisdictions. Tehama County waste diversion statistics and its waste profile is provided by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).  The TCSLA also applied for grants on behalf of member jurisdictions, including recent grants for used oil, household hazardous waste, waste tires and beverage container recycling. The TCSLA also maintained a trust fund to pay for costs associated with landfill closure and postclosure maintenance activities. The TCSLA held public meetings six times yearly. Visit the Board Agendas section of the website for meeting minutes. Effective July 1, 2015, the TCSLA's responsibilities, liabilities and assets were transferred to the TCRBLMA and the TCSLA was dissolved. 


GreenWaste of Tehama/Waste Connections, Inc. (GreenWaste)- GreenWaste currently holds contracts for operation of the Landfill as well as residential and commercial collection contracts for the County of Tehama, which includes the City of Tehama (County of Tehama and Waste Connections, Inc. Contract ), and the city of Red Bluff (City of Red Bluff and Waste Connections, Inc. Contract ). GreenWaste also operates the transfer stations in Manton, Mineral and Paynes Creek. Depending on the specific contract, GreenWaste reports to the TCSWMA, the County of Tehama or the City of Red Bluff. To reach the GreenWaste landfill operation, call 530-528-1102. For collection and transfer station information, call 530-528-8500.

Corning Disposal/Waste Management, Inc. (Corning Disposal)- Corning Disposal currently holds a contract (City of Corning and Waste Management, Inc. Contract) for commercial and residential collection with the City of Corning. Corning Disposal reports to the City of Corning and can be reached at 530-824-4700.

Tehama County Environmental Health Department (Environmental Health)- Environmental Health is the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) for solid waste in Tehama County. Environmental Health conducts routine inspections at solid waste facilities in accordance with federal, state and local regulations. Adverse findings are reported to the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB). The department is managed by Tim Potanovic. Allan Fleming is the Environmental Health Specialist for solid waste issues. Both can be reached at 530-527-8020.

Tehama County Administration and Board of Supervisors (County)- The County reviews and approves plans for solid waste programs that directly affect the unincorporated portion of the county. This includes collection and transfer station contracts with GreenWaste of Tehama. The County also owns some of the current transfer station property and jointly owns with the City of Red Bluff the property which holds the Tehama County/Red Bluff Landfill. The County Board of Supervisors meet on Tuesdays throughout the year. Agendas for regularly scheduled meetings are posted online (Board Agendas) or at the Tehama County Courthouse Annex.

City of Red Bluff- The City of Red Bluff reviews and approves plans for solid waste programs that directly affect the incorporated city. This includes collection contracts with GreenWaste of Tehama. The Red Bluff City Council meets on Tuesdays throughout the year. Agendas can be viewed outside Red Bluff City Hall.

City of Corning- The City of Corning reviews and approves plans for solid waste programs that directly affect the incorporated city. This includes collection contracts with Corning Disposal. The Corning City Council meets on Tuesdays throughout the year. Agendas can be viewed outside the Corning City Hall.

City of Tehama- The City of Tehama reviews and approves plans for solid waste programs that directly affect the incorporated city. This includes collection contracts with GreenWaste of Tehama. The Tehama City Council meets throughout the year. Agendas can be viewed outside the Tehama City Hall.

Tehama County Integrated Waste Management Task Force (TCIWMTF)- The TCIWMTF is comprised of concerned citizens that meet quarterly to discuss Tehama County solid waste issues. The TCIWMTF is always looking for concerned citizens to be on the TCIWMTF. Call Rachel Ross at 530-528-1103 if you are interested in this rewarding and unpaid position.

Other County Departments- Issues related to solid waste are periodically discussed by other Tehama County Departments, including Air Pollution Control, Auditor-Controller, County Counsel, Planning and Public Works.

Other State Agencies- Several state agencies regulate or provide assistance to the TCSWMA, including the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), California Regional Water Quality Control Board and California Department of Toxic Substances Control, to name a few.

 

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