3Rs Programs (Grades K-12)

Register your class for an interactive workshop and/or interpretive tour of the Hartland Landfill and Recycling Drop-Off Facility. Actively promoting waste reduction and recycling education to students and educators for more than a decade, these programs are one of many initiatives in place to reduce the amount of waste generated and disposed of in the capital region.


All workshops take place at Hartland Learning Centre, which is open for pre-booked class and group presentations for between 15 and 35 people. Workshops and presentations may be combined with a behind-the-scenes site tour of Hartland Landfill.

If you are unable to coordinate transportation to the learning centre, arrangements may be made for an in-school presentation. 

Program Descriptions

That's Not Garbage! (Grades K-3)

Grade: K to 3 (curriculum links)
Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Location: Hartland Learning Centre or in-class

Does that really belong in the garbage? Many things that end up in Hartland Landfill can actually be diverted. This workshop teaches students about the 3Rs Hierarchy (reduce, reuse and recycle) and the benefits of diverting waste from the landfill.

Students begin to develop an understanding of their role in the community and the broader world, including how we can all make a difference when it comes to what we throw away.

3Rs Unwrapped (Grades 4-5)

Grade: 4 and 5 (curriculum links)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Hartland Learning Centre or in-class

Want to get real? This hands-on workshop is designed to educate students about the financial and environmental impacts of product packaging. Based on a real life scenario using a customized grocery store flyer, students work in small groups to develop a list of items that fit within an available budget and use the least amount of packaging. Kids are challenged to think creatively, problem solve by applying prior knowledge and prioritize choices through the application of the 3Rs. Students report their findings back to the group. Shopping will never be the same for these students - or their families.

Digging Deeper (Grades 5-8)

Grade: 5-8 (curriculum links)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Hartland Learning Centre or in-class

Looking for the deeper meaning or the bigger picture? Join us for an amazing opportunity to link Earth Science to society, the environment and resource management.

In this interactive workshop, students will be encouraged to dig deeper and get to the core of the matter. Using everyday items, sample rocks and minerals, students work individually and cooperatively to identify, characterize and locate the renewable and non-renewable resources in the objects we throw away. Discover our garbage has a history and the role we play in the protection of the environment and conservation of resources.

Custom Program (Grades 6-12)

Grade: 6-12
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Hartland Learning Centre or in-class presentation

Want a more in-depth look at waste management, modern recycling challenges or engineered landfills? Looking for an interactive learning experience to complement your in-class discussions surrounding sustainability and environmental stewardship?

We'll work with you to create a program suited to your teaching plan through this custom option.

Hartland Landfill Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Grade: K-12
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Location:  Hartland Learning Centre

Take a tour of Hartland Landfill and Recycling Drop-Off Facility to learn how the CRD safely and responsibly manages the region's garbage and how waste diversion helps reduce the amount of garbage ending up in the landfill. Motivate and challenge students, teachers and parents to explore new attitudes and habits that generate less waste and reduce, reuse and recycle more!

There's a lot to explore:

  • See where all your garbage goes and what we do with it at the active face.
  • Learn about landfill gas and how we're reducing greenhouse gas emissions and turning "garbage into energy."
  • Visit the closed section of the landfill where native trees and shrubs have been planted to help return the area into a natural ecosystem.
  • See how we're helping to protect the environment.

Tour content varies depending on the grade and interest of participants. Tours can be booked alone or in combination with a program in the Hartland Learning Centre.


There are no fees for these programs.


Registration is full and will reopen Sept 2024. 


Registration is full and will reopen Sept 2024.

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3Rs School Programs
Tel: 250.360.3133