Youth programs

girl holding a magnifying glass, looking at a wormThurston County Solid Waste has the resources and tools to help youth reduce waste! We provide materials and presentations focusing on waste reduction, recycling, natural resources, and more.

Classroom presentations

Thurston County Public Works’ free 4th-8th grade classroom presentations offer information students can use in their everyday lives. We use hands-on activities and take-home materials to help students enjoy, act on, and retain what they have learned.

Click here to book a presentation or for more information.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (RRR) Patch


Thurston County Solid Waste offers the RRR Patch Program. The program is designed to teach youth the meaning and potential actions behind the phrase reduce, reuse, and recycle. The patch program encourages scouts and other youth to take action to take better care of their environment and neighborhood.

Your group must be based in Thurston County to be eligible to earn the patch.

Click here to learn how to earn your RRR patch.


Trash Talk newsletter for students

trash talk iconFourth and 5th grade students in Thurston County get their own Trash Talk publication delivered to the classroom. It features information on recycling, reuse, household hazardous waste, yard waste, waste reduction, and more. The newsletter is informative while offering activities like word searches, crossword puzzles, and other games to make learning more fun!

Read the latest Trash Talk or browse past editions.


Loaner kits

Loaner kits containing materials and lesson plans can be checked out for free. Loaner kits available are “Bottled Water Taste Test”, “Papermaking”, “Analyzing Ads”, and “Plastics in the Ocean.” Contact for more information.



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