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Education Programs
Education Programs

Recycling Education Centre
School Education Program
Workshops for Community Groups
Re-Creation Station

Recycling Education Centre:

The Recycling Education Centre opened in October 2008 and is used by the Recycling Education Program to provide environmental programs for the community. Some of the education programs recently offered include recycling and composting education and school environmental programs.

The Education Centre is constructed using 2 forty-eight foot shipping containers and other reused and recycled materials. The Recycling Education Centre is located at the Valley Road site in Abbotsford.

School Education Program:

The Recycling Education Program is a free service provided to schools in Abbotsford and Mission. Classroom presentations and fieldtrips including a tour of the recycling facility are available for students in pre-school through high school.

Elementary School Programs:

  • Recycling Basics – Teaches students about Blue Bag Recycling in Abbotsford and Mission, about what happens to the recycling and what it gets made into. Best suited for students in grade 1-7. (1 hour in class, 1 1/2 hour fieldtrip)

  • Kindergarten Basics – Teaches students about the 3 R’s- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Best suited for students in pre-school or kindergarten. (45 minutes in class, 1 hour fieldtrip)

  • Waste of Space – Students are challenged with the problems associated with a society that creates too much garbage and must come up with a solution to save the planet using the 3 R’s. Best suited for students in grade 4-7. (1 hour in class, 1 1/2 hour fieldtrip)

  • Paper Making – Students make new paper from old. They actually do the recycling. Students can take their new paper home with them. Best suited for students in grade 2-7. Fieldtrips to the Abbotsford site only. (2 hour fieldtrip)

  • Reuse Tinkerers – Arts & Crafts time! Students will bring in an object from the recycle bin at home and as a class we will brainstorm ways we can reuse it, discuss how it is recycled, and then fashion it into a new object. Best suited for students grade 1-7. (1 hour in class, 1 1/2 hour fieldtrip)

  • Ready, Set, Compost – Students learn the basics of composting through activities and an interactive presentation. Best suited for students in grade 2-7. Available from September – November and March – June. (1 hour in class, 1 1/2 hour fieldtrip)

Middle School and High School Programs:

Presentations are available for these students on the following topics:

  • Composting
  • Recycling
  • Waste Reduction
  • The Garbage Patch

For more information about School Education Programs, please contact the Education Coordinator at 604-850-3551 ext. 4

Workshops for Community Groups:

The Recycling Education Coordinator is available to provide environmental workshops for community groups including service clubs, church groups, gardening clubs, Scout and Guide groups etc.

Topics for these presentations can include recycling, backyard composting, plastics, program changes, waste reduction, the Garbage Patch and recycling innovations etc.

For more information, please contact the Education Coordinator at 604-850-3551 ext. 4

Re-Creation Station:

The aim of the Re-Creation Station is to promote the 2nd ‘R’, reuse. The Re-Creation Station promotes reuse in a fun, creative and practical manner.

As part of a field trip and some in-class presentations, students spend approximately 30 minutes making a craft with Re-Creation Station materials. The Re-Creation Station is also a popular venue at special community events. It is set up at these events on the invitation of event coordinators.

The materials in the Re-Creation Station are donated to the program by businesses, residents and the community. Below is a list of materials accepted for reuse at the Re-Creation Station. Donations to the program need to be clean.

  • Beans and Seeds
  • Bottle Caps
  • Buttons and Clothespins
  • Corks
  • Crayons (used)
  • Egg Cartons
  • Greeting Cards
  • Lids
  • Packing Peanuts
  • Paper bowls, plates, cups
  • Pine Cones
  • Plastic Cutlery
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Puzzle Pieces
  • Ribbons and Lace
  • Sponges
  • Thread Spools
  • Berry Baskets
  • Wall Paper Samples
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Yarn
  • CD’s
  • Anything Clean and Reusable


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