Are you looking for an interesting and informative speaker for your school, church group, or lunch-and-learn?
The Allen County Department of Environmental Management provides ongoing education free of charge to residents, businesses, and organizations in Allen County. ACDEM staff are available to address the recycling and waste reduction needs of your group or organization. ACDEM can also assist you in locating educational resources like videos, books, curriculum guides, worksheets, and sample lesson plans.
Such groups include:
- Neighborhood Associations
- Church Groups
- Girl/Boy Scout Troops
- Lunch-and-Learn Discussions
- Environmental Groups
- Employee Recycling Committees
ACDEM has several presentations available and each presentation can be tailored to suit any age or interest group. The presentation topics include, but are not limited to:
The 3 “R”s are the basis for the concept of waste minimization. Several topics will be discussed in this presentation including the composition of our waste stream, waste generation, and how following the 3 “R” concept can reduce the amount of material that enters our landfill.
Good compost is often very expensive to purchase, but is free to make in your own backyard! Composting turns yard waste and kitchen scraps into a valuable resource. In this presentation, we will discuss what compost is, how it is made and how you can become a backyard composter.
Being an environmentally friendly shopper is just as important as being a recycler. There are multitudes of opportunities to “buy recycled” right in your neighborhood grocery store. This presentation will teach you how to identify those products that are made from recycled material, how to purchase items that can be recycled, how to purchase items with reduced packaging, and much more.
Many people do not realize that products used every day like pesticides, oil-based paints, and some household cleaners, are extremely hazardous to their health and to the environment. This presentation will assist in identifying the hazardous products you have in your kitchen, garage, basement, etc. Safety issues, proper disposal, and alternatives to using hazardous products will also be discussed.
What types of plastic are recyclable in Allen County? Do lids need to be removed from containers before they are recycled? Many people do not know the answers to these questions. From explaining the general rules of recycling, to discussing what happens to your recycled materials, the District will provide you with all of the information you need to “recycle right."
Building a successful recycling program from the ground up can sometimes be an overwhelming task. The District is always ready to assist your organization in overcoming the obstacles. This presentation will help you to recognize the specific recycling needs of your organization by identifying the items in the waste stream. We will also aid in locating strategic areas to place collection bins and will provide information regarding how to educate those who will utilize the program.