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Garbology means “the study of garbage.” This solid waste management curriculum is designed to help students become aware of garbage and how to reduce, reuse and recycle. The Garbology unit is a collaborative effort between Lancaster County 4-H, The City of Lincoln and Lincoln Public Schools. The curriculum content was written and developed by Lincoln Public Schools, adapted for use as a 4-H school enrichment program. The program is supported by Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln Solid Waste Management Division.

The curriculum meets Nebraska education science standards for Kindergarten. This 8-day science unit specifically targets SC.K.7.2.D: Communicate solutions that will increase the positive impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.

For more information about using Garbology in your classroom, contact Extension Assistant Morgan Hartman at mbattes@unl.edu or 402-441-7180.

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Lesson Objectives

  • Know what litter is and how it impacts the environment.
  • Understand the difference between reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting, and the benefits of each.
  • Be able to identify a material as natural or manufactured, and explain if it will decay over time.

The Garbology Curriculum is important so students understand the system of waste and what they can personally can do to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. By working with Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, The City of Lincoln Solid Waste Management Division is excited offer this curriculum to students in Lincoln and Lancaster County. .

Willa DiCostanzo, City of Lincoln Waste Diversion Coordinator
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