This innovative program provides students with an immersive and dynamic learning experience with recycling, trash and waste streams. By participating in hands-on lessons, students gain an understanding of consumerism, pollution and potential solutions.


This curriculum was created by Darren Bingham of REGEN Consulting Services in partnership with Willow Bend Environmental Education Center. Funding was provided by the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, the City of Flagstaff, and other supporters.

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Sample video from Lesson Three

The Garbology curriculum includes four sequential lessons that should be explored in order. We encourage you to tailor Lesson One to your community by checking with a local provider or municipality for what can and cannot be recycled in your area. Additional activities are provided in many of the lessons. The curriculum has been updated to fit the needs of a virtual classroom, but was originally created for in-person teaching.

Lesson One
Systems of Waste Around Me
Lesson Two
Systems of Waste Around Me
Lesson Three
Systems of Waste Around Me
Lesson Four
Systems of Waste Around Me
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Complete the Garbology Curriculum and then sign the Garbology pledge to reduce, reuse and rethink waste