Speakers Bureau

Let’s work towards a CLEANER and HEALTHY Future (for you and your environment!)

The impact of improper disposal of waste not only impacts the health of the environment,
it can also be detrimental to your health, as well.

By learning the facts, living a more environmentally responsible lifestyle is no longer a nuisance. With understanding, taking the time to disposal of waste correctly becomes part of everyday routine instead of an unnecessary chore.

Available Programs

Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling conducts a number of FREE environmental education presentations to increase awareness of environmental stewardship. Audiences include but are not limited to:

Suggested Programs for Adults

Westmoreland Cleanways Updates/News, Recycling options in the County, Backyard composting, or personalized presentation based on the needs of the group. Contact Ellen for more details.

Youth Programs

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Adventures of a Plastic Bottle
Focusing on energy, water usage, and conservation of natural resources; follow a plastic bottle’s life cycle as it starts as oil and ending as a t-shirt. Conclude the program with a Trivia board game (created by W. Cleanways)

Backyard Composting, an Introduction
This simple method of disposing of kitchen and yard waste can reduce the solid waste stream by as much as 28%. Learn the basics of composting and what it takes to have a successful composting bin.

Garbage Pizza
Construct a three dimensional garbage pizza, a pie chart of the Municipal Solid Waste discarded in the United Sates per year. Using the pizza as a visual, analyze the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.

IQ Boards
Interactive displays developed by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful can be used as a stand-alone display or can be the focus of a presentation.

I Want to Be Recycled
Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to improve our community and conserve natural resources. Learn the facts about recycling in the area and the new materials created by recycling. When age appropriate and space allows, will include a Recycling Relay Race. (Will only present in communities with recycling programs)

Landfill Anatomy
What happens to your garbage after it is picked up by the garbage truck? What are the environmental impacts of landfills, and what structures are in place to limit that impact? Students will build a landfill and test its impact on the nearby environment.

Open Your Eyes to Litter
"Open your Eyes to Litter" introduces students to the concept that litter is all around us; a problem that affects us as well as plants and animals.

Paper Recycling
Recycling a ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and a huge amount of landfill space. Find out how paper is recycling into new office paper, and what other products can be made from recycled paper. Students will also have a chance to make paper.

The Pyramid Game, The What and Why of Recycling
Become contestants on the pyramid game show (Taboo for younger generations). Players attempt to guess a series of words or phrases based on descriptions given to them by their teammates. The game focuses on different recyclable material with discussions about recycling between each round.

Brainstorm different ways to reduce the amount "trash" a person produces, and creative ways to reuse "trash." The highlight of this program is making a craft "reusing" items that would normally be thrown away. (The actual craft will depend on the age of the group and the time of year.)

Introduce the practice of composting kitchen scraps using redworms and the benefits of composting. Identify a variety of worm anatomy/behaviors and have the opportunity to observe the redworms. Interested groups or classrooms can adopt a worm bin for a month.

Made to Order
Develop a presentation around a specific topic (e.g., helping a Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop earn a specific badge)

Westmoreland Cleanways’ educational programs are constantly being updated to ensure timeliness and relevance to the environmental challenges we face. To learn more about our educational programs or to schedule a presentation, call 724-879-4020 or email Natalie.