3R Programs

The CRD, through its 3R School Outreach Program, is pleased to offer interactive workshops and guided tours for free to students from K-12.

Actively promoting waste reduction and recycling education to students and educators for more than a decade, our 3R programming is one of many initiatives in place to reduce the amount of waste generated and disposed of in the capital region. Be sure to check out the additional resources available for information on how the landfill works.


All workshops take place at Hartland Learning Centre (accommodates 35 people) and may be combined with a tour of the Hartland Landfill.

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


There are no fees for these programs.


Tours Cancelled

As we monitor the COVID-19 situation, we are taking steps to support the safety and well-being of the community and our employees. The CRD has temporarily suspended Hartland Landfill tours.

Curriculum links

Workshop: That's Not Garbage!

Grade: K to 3 (curriculum links)

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Hartland Learning Centre (accommodates 35 people)

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 3R hierarchy (reduce, reuse and recycle/compost) 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.

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Workshop: 3R’s Unwrapped

Grade: 4 and 5 (curriculum links)

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Hartland Learning Centre (accommodates 35 people)

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 3R concept. Students report their findings back to the group. Shopping will never be the same for these students - or their families.

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Workshop: Digging Deeper

Grade: 5-8

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Hartland Learning Centre (accommodates 35 people)

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

In this interactive experiential 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 and remediation of the environment during and after resource extraction.

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Grade: 6-12

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Hartland Learning Centre (accommodates 35 people)

Want a more in-depth look at waste management, modern recycling challenges or engineered landfills? Looking for an interactive learning experience to compliment 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.

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Workshop:       Hartland landfill and recycling facility tours

Grade:             K-12

Duration:         1-1.5 hours

Location:         Hartland Learning Centre

Take a tour of Hartland landfill and recycling facility and learn how the CRD safely and responsibly manages the region's garbage and how waste diversion programs on-site help 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 electricity"
  • Visit the closed section of the landfill where native trees and shrubs have been planted to help return the area into a natural eco-system.
  • See how we're helping to protect the environment

Tour content varies depending on the grade and interest of participants.

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