Tennessee Solid Waste Education Project

Welcome to the TNSWEP Web Site!

Are you interested in teaching your students about garbage but don’t know where to begin or how to make it fun and interesting? Would you like to learn about activities on "trash" that you can lead in your classroom? TNSWEP can help! Incorporating solid waste issues into the existing curriculum can be challenging for any busy teacher; but the TNSWEP program was created to help K-12 teachers in Tennessee do just that.

The Tennessee Solid Waste Education Project (TNSWEP) is a program designed to fulfill the requirements of the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Act. Specifically, TNSWEP addresses Section 41 of the Act requiring solid waste education for K-12 students. Since 1995, a variety of TNSWEP services have been provided in 79 of Tennessee's 95 counties. TNSWEP offers in-service workshops, curriculum workshops, and assistance in planning environmental education events.

TNSWEP also provides Solid Waste Activity Guides for grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8, and high school. Activity Guides are available from the consultant in your area and are also found on this web site, where you can select activities that you want to use in your classroom and print only those lessons, thereby reducing waste.

TNSWEP is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and is co-directed by Catherine Wilt and Dr. Sheila Webster of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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