River Pines Elementary – Wildlife Habitat/Toad Abode

As part of our continuing environmental education partnership with the local schools, Lisa Doughty, Community Relations Manager, along with our District Manager for Atascocita Landfill, Gordon Spradley, participated in the ribbon cutting for the River Pines Elementary Wildlife Habitat.  Waste Management donated supplies and worked along with staff, volunteers and parents to create a habitat right outside of the front door of the school.  At the ceremony, Lisa and Gordon, on behalf of Waste Management, presented to the students and the teachers with a “toad abode” to place in their habitat. 

 Park Lakes Elementary Butterfly Garden

Park Lakes   

North Belt Elementary Interactive Science Lab

Funds from the Waste Management Glenn Masterson Endowed Chairs for Elementary Science Education were used to create an interactive science lab at North Belt Elementary.

Waste Management, students, and teachers at North Belt Elementary celebrate the opening of the interactive science lab.

Educational Resources

Protecting the environment is important to us and understanding environmental aspects surrounding our business is crucial to the communities around our facilities. The following are materials: documents to print or download, websites, and reference books that we hope you will find to be useful resources that support teaching and learning about the environmental aspects of the waste services provided by Waste Management. 

WM has the following educational material:

Recycle Often. Recycle Right. - Waste Management in collaboration with leading experts in education, curriculum development and instruction, has created a standards-based, interactive learning curriculum for elementary-age students.The curriculum can be found at: 

Mr. Cool Can.  This six minute video provides students with Recycling 101 narrated by Mr. Cool Can himself. Video:

Visit the Waste Management Learning Center at for more information about innovations and best practices for making businesses sustainable.



View or print these documents which provide information on some of the environmental areas that our communities frequently learn about. Included in these documents are Waste Management's landfill posters that show some of the environmental protective measures that we use at our landfills. NOTE: These documents are in PDF format, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view it. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it here.


Want to know more about recycling or the environment? The following books are filled with facts and exciting projects. Check your local library to find it and the other books listed below:

TITLE: Let’s Talk Trash: The Kids’ Book About Recycling
AUTHOR: David, Fassler & Kelly McQueen
INTEREST AGE LEVEL: Preschool - 12 years

Do you worry about oil spills, rain forests, pollution and how our earth can stay green? This book tells about the problems of solid waste disposal so you can understand it. Let’s Talk Trash tells you about major environmental issues facing the world today. Written with the help of children between 5 and 12 years of age, Let’s Talk Trash shares their thoughts, questions, and drawings and encourages more discussion. "Talking Trash" has never been so much fun!

Other Titles of Interest:

  • Earth-Friendly Toys: How to Make Fabulous Toys & Games from Reusable Objects
    by George Pfiffner
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Fifty Simple Things Kids Can Do to Recycle
    by Earthworks Group Staff
    Publisher: Earth Works
  • Follow That Trash: All About Recycling
    by Francis Jacobs
    Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
  • Garbage & Recycling
    by Rosie Harlow
    Publisher: Larousse Kingfisher Chambers, Inc.
  • Gifts to Make for Your Favorite Grownup
    by Kathy Ross
    Publisher: Millbrook Press, Inc.
  • Here Comes the Recycling Truck
    by Judith Mathew
    Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
  • Learn to Recycle
    by Annalisa Suid
    Publisher: Monday Morning Books, Inc.
  • Recyclables Fun: Creative Craft Ideas
    by Diane Cherkerzian
    Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Recycle That!
    by Fay Robinson
    Publisher: Children’s Press
  • Where Does Garbage Go?
    by Isaac Asimov
    Publisher: Gareth Stevens, Inc.
  • Where Does All the Garbage Go!
    by Melvin Berger (mini books)
    Publisher: Newbridge Communications, Inc.