The IWMA offers a free countywide school education program to teachers in grades K-12. Program topics include recycling, vermicomposting, household hazardous waste, zero waste and a field trip to the Cold Canyon Landfill and Recycling Facility. The IWMA also offers assistance for schools and teachers regarding presentations, guest speakers, newsletters, field trips and more.

Learn more at the IWMA Education Program website. For more information or to schedule a program, call (805) 782-8424.


Field Trips

Take your class to the Cold Canyon Landfill and Recycling Facility. The minimum age for field trips is third grade. All programs are based upon the California Academic Science Standards. The following concepts are included in the program: conservation of natural resources, energy, landfill and recycling technology, and buying recycled.

Class Presentations

Kindergarten through 12th Grade
– Introduction to recycling
– Making recycled paper
– Vermicomposting (composting with worms)
– Oil and Beyond
– The TREEmendous Paper Tale

Middle and High School
– Household hazardous waste and used oil management

School Compost and Garden Program

Turn your school’s lunch waste into valuable compost which will grow flowers and vegetables in your existing or new school garden. IWMA staff will evaluate your school and develop a compost and garden program with your faculty member and school custodian. This program provides great hands-on science for students of all ages. Call (805) 782-8424 for details.

Check out the program newsletter for 2015-16:

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