Education Presentations & Workshops
If you are a classroom, workplace or community group interested in a presentation or workshop about waste reduction and diversion, recycling, composting or anything waste related, use our online request form.
Chose from presentations including Backyard Composting, Blue Cart Recycling Program or Regina Recycles! Roam & Explore Stations.
Learn how you can send your waste to a better place by composting! Get tips on reducing the amount of food waste your home produces, how to build an outdoor composter, and what material you can compost, along with a list of trouble-shooting tips.
Blue Cart Recycling Program
Why is it important to recycle the right stuff? Take our waste and recycling sorting challenge and see if you’re a super sorter. Learn what happens to your recyclables inside the Blue Cart.
Regina Recycles! Roam and Explore Stations
Attendees (children and families) will explore different recycling stations set up by the City of Regina staff. Games and activities can include:
- Find out what happens to your garbage, and where it goes after it leaves your home.
- How do you reduce, reuse and recycle? Participants will create a reminder bracelet to take home.
- Take our waste and recycling sorting challenge and see if you're a super sorter!
- See recyclable materials in their various stages. See and touch the products and learn what happens when they are recycled.
- Go on a scavenger hunt to solve waste and recycling trivia.
The City of Regina offers school age presentations based on the Saskatchewan Science Curriculum.
Think Outside the Trash!
Let’s explore the world of recycling! What goes inside your Blue Cart? Why is it important to put waste in its proper place? Through hands-on activities, participants will learn about the 3Rs and why it is important to recycle the right stuff to keep the environment clean and safe.
Age/Grade Group: Grade One/Two/Three
Follow your recycling! What happens in a Materials Recovery Facility? What do recycled items become? Through a miniature Waste Audit, participants will learn the journey of recycling and why it is important to recycle the right stuff. All materials are supplied by City staff.
Age/Grade Group: Grade Four/Five
Life of a Landfill
What is a landfill and why should we care about where our garbage goes? City staff will bring a diorama of a landfill and teach students the different layers required to keep a landfill running efficiently! Your class will split into four teams and discuss the pros and cons of opening a new landfill, brainstorm ideas on what to do when a local landfill needs to be closed and come up with alternatives to building a landfill. All materials are supplied by City staff.
Age/Grade Group: Grade Six/Seven/Eight
You’re hired! Students will be able to pitch an idea to offer a unique type of service or invention that gets Regina residents excited about waste! After a presentation on the City’s current waste and recycling programs, your class will be able to break into groups and discuss creative new ideas.
Age/Grade Group: Science 10/ Environment 20
Waste Reduction Tips
There are lots of ways to reduce the amount of waste going to our landfill.
Follow four simple steps to help reduce your food waste.
1. Plan it Out
- Plan your meals
- Before going to the store, plan out your meals for the week.
- Make a grocery list
- Check the supplies you already have at home.
2. Store it Properly
Most of the food wasted in our kitchens is food that needs refrigeration.
- Store fruits and vegetables separately
- Store and Label your leftovers (with a date). Generally good for 4 days (sometimes longer, depending on the type of food)
- Keep ready-to-eat foods on upper and middle shelves
- Don’t Mix (do not put raw meats with fruits and vegetables – contamination leads to spoilage)
- Keep Milk, Eggs, Dairy in the coolest place of your fridge - At the back of your fridge, nearest to the freezer. Don’t leave it on the door, it is the warmest place of your fridge
- Keep produce whole until ready to use. Cutting up fruits and veggies causes them to spoil quicker.
- When possible, avoid washing produce until ready to eat or cook. Washed fruit has excess moisture which can speed up spoiling. If you do wash it right away, dry it well before putting in the fridge.
- Place items with preservatives or longer shelf lives on the door (condiments, juices, water). The door is the warmest place of the fridge (loses cold air when opened)
3. Learn to Love Leftovers
- Store and label with the date.
- Generally leftovers are good for four days.
- Be creative.
- Find a recipe to incorporate your leftover food.
4. Turn Food Waste into Compost
- There are many benefits to composting. Find out what type of composting style works for you!
You can decrease the amount of waste you send to the landfill by practicing the 3Rs.
Save your pennies and avoid overconsumption.
- Only buy things you need or will use often
- Consider used items from a local buy, sell or swap site before buying brand new
- Restyling or repurposing clothing that is still wearable
- Keep in mind what you need versus what you want
- Buying items with less packaging – including fruits and vegetables
- Refuse plastic bags when buying small purchases
- Buy grocery items in bulk – some stores will let you bring your own containers
- Use a reusable food cover instead of plastic wrap
- Avoid single-serving packaged items
- Go paperless – at home and the office
- Send party invitations via email, text and social media
Ditch disposable for reusable.
- Avoid buying disposable items like dust cloths and cleaning wipes
- Rent or borrow items you will only use occasionally or by buy and share items with friends or family
- Repair broken items or ‘upcycle’ them!
- Make party decorations with reusable or recyclable material
- Pack a waste-free lunch with reusable containers, cutlery and a lunch kit
- Donate used clothing, toys, furniture and appliances to local charities and non-profit organizations
- Before you recycle them, try donating used books and magazines to seniors’ homes or doctors and dentist offices
- Drink your coffee or water from reusable containers
- Wrap gifts in reusable materials such as cloth bags, dish towels or receiving blankets
Turn your unwanted waste items into new cool things.
- In your home, put a second bin for recycling beside your garbage bin for convenient sorting and storage
- If they cannot be reused, put all acceptable items in your blue cart
- Learn which items are acceptable at Regina.ca/waste
- Use Waste Wizard to learn how to dispose of your household items
Composting & Grasscycling
Composting and grasscycling are easy ways to reduce your amount of household garbage and create nutrient-rich soil for your yard.
Composting is the natural breakdown of organic materials such as fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves and grass clippings by bacteria and fungi (micro-organisms). Composting can help reduce the amount of household garbage you set out and it also produces nutrient-rich soil that can be used for gardening and landscaping.
View our Guide to Backyard Composting to help get you started, tips on what material to compost and trouble shooting tips. Reduce your household waste and make great soil for your lawn or garden!
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council offers further information to help determine which household composting style works best for you as well as educational videos to get you started.
Want to learn a simple way to cut down on yard work and reduce your use of fertilizer and water? It’s called grasscycling and it’s as simple as letting the clippings from your mower stay on your lawn. There’s no need to rake after you mow.
- Reduces need to fertilize – Nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, are returned to the soil. This reduces the cost and work of fertilizing. As well, it prevents fertilizer runoff from polluting lakes and streams.
- Returns organic matter to the soil – The organic matter increases the ability of the soil to hold water. As well, the organic matter feeds earthworms which aerate the soil.
- Reduces water consumption – The clippings act as mulch, protecting grass roots from the sun and reducing having to water your lawn as often. You save money and effort by not raking.
- Reduces work – You don’t have to rake. And you don’t have to water or fertilize as often. There’s more time to enjoy our beautiful Saskatchewan summers.
- Reduces pollution – Using a push mower reduces the amount of hydrocarbons produced by a gas-powered mower.
- Increase your fitness – Get some exercise by using a push mower, use muscles ordinarily not used and enjoy the sounds of nature.
How to Grasscycle
- Mow your lawn regularly
- Mow the lawn when it is dry
- Remove no more than 1/3 of the length of the blades of grass
- Keep the mower blade(s) sharp
- Just let the mower spread the clippings evenly on the lawn. They will settle in quickly and will disappear in a day or two.
Waste Plan Regina
Waste Plan Regina was created after years of engagement with industry experts and the public to develop a new waste management strategy. The plan provides the City with direction on how to manage waste, and to consider alternatives for meeting and managing long term waste management and diversion needs. This has resulted in the development of enhanced residential services, blue cart recycling, mandatory multi-family recycling and interim depot services for yard waste and household hazardous waste.