Waste: It's Our Story to Tell

Attention Grade 4 Science Teachers

A red machine drives over a mountain of garbage.

Waste: It's Our Story to Tell is a free presentation for Grade 4 students with curriculum links to the science unit Waste in Our World. The hour long presentation is filled with conservation tips, humour and video clips that encourage students to appreciate our precious resources. Classrooms may wish to use this presentation as an introduction to the unit as it offers an overview of the landfill, or book later in the fall to use as a review of learning outcomes.‌

This presentation reviews the three Rs and helps students identify and classify wastes that result from human activity. In addition, students are taught about proper disposal of toxic waste to minimize harm to the environment.A student's locker is crammed full of garbage

  • Learn why Dr. Seuss said, “Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.”‌
  • Discover if you “R” practicing the magic of the three Rs
  • Find out the similarities between a landfill and a student's locker‌

To book your Waste: It's Our Story to Tell presentation email environmental.initiatives@reddeer.ca or call 403-342-8750. 


Each year The City of Red Deer invites Grade Four students to participate in the Enviro-Challenge, which encourages students to reduce waste in their schools.

Congratulations to the Grade 4 students at the following schools who have made a positive difference in their school environments.

Students recycled drink boxes, paper and batteries. They also made something useful out of something that would otherwise be thrown away: a birdfeeder from a milk carton, an organizer from jars/wood and a Halloween costume from a rice bag and coffee cups.

Father Henri Voisin
Students promoted reusable grocery bags to reduce the use of plastic and added a recycling bin to their school kitchen.

Holy Family
Students delivered 400 kg of batteries to the landfill. Children reduced garbage by using reusable lunch containers, and used items from the recycling bin to create something new. In the “Classroom Energy Project” students created posters encouraging energy conservation. All paper and bottles/cartons are recycled daily.

Students recycled metal and plastic, and turned down the thermostat in their homes. Food waste was composted, and students used reusable lunch utensils and containers. They shortened showers and turned off taps when water wasn’t needed.

St. Patrick’s
Students collected used batteries to keep them from entering the landfill. Batteries were taken to the Waste Management Facility for proper disposal.