The Trash Train

Students will follow trash as it is collected by localities (Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Vinton), dumped on the transfer station floor for inspection, loaded onto the “Trash Train” rail cars, and transported to the Smith Gap Landfill. The waste stream in the US will be discussed along with ways of decreasing the amount of trash we produce.

Grade: 4th and Upper Elementary.

Science SOLs: 3.10, 3.11, 4.5, 4.9, 5.7

Concepts and Vocabulary Introduced

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Decompose, Biodegrade, Wasteline Express, Landfill, Compost, Waste Stream, Deforestation

Equipment Needed: Projector for Powerpoint or Computer/Smartboard

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

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