Waste Warriors

Waste Warriors, the popular long-running educational presentation program of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB), is now on video. Even better, KTMB developed an entire curriculum, including the Waste Warriors video, for educators in Northern Nevada and in compliance with new standards adopted by the Washoe County School District (WCSD). The curriculum will be available through KTMB, WCSD and Desert Research Institute’s Green Box program.

The Waste Warriors program introduces students grades 3-5 to the waste stream, and shows how they can affect their community by reducing their waste to the landfill, battle litter and illegal dumping, and make informed choices about what they buy and the waste their purchases create. Local company, OrangeTree Productions, took the huge amount of information and paired it with eye-catching graphics to really solidify the problems inherent in our waste stream, and empower kids to take their own steps to make positive change.

Did you know?

  • We send the equivalent of 700 elephants to the Lockwood Landfill every day.
  • The number one thing we throw away is food.
  • One quarter of kids in Washoe County might not get either breakfast, lunch or dinner every day.
  • An aluminum can only takes six weeks to go from your recycling bin to a store shelf again.
  • Natural processes like decomposition and biodegradation need water. In our desert climate, what’s dumped, stays dumped.

More about the Waste Warriors education series
The Waste Warriors program was started 20 years ago by KTMB volunteer Beth Isaeff, who many fondly remember as The Trash Lady. After Isaeff retired in 2004, KTMB took over the presentations, but the program soon became too popular to keep up with demand. In 2012, KTMB received a Waste Management Think Green grant to help put the presentation on video. Funds from Wells Fargo and Washoe County Health District completed the project, and will make possible translation of the materials into Spanish by 2015. Additionally, in 2015 KTMB secured the help of an Americorps/VISTA, again giving us the ability to present Warriors education in classrooms. Find out more.

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