LCS Students Explore Innovative Waste Management Solutions in Peterborough
In an effort to broaden their understanding of sustainable waste management practices, students from Ms. Delevadova's Environmental Science class embarked on an insightful field trip to the Peterborough landfill and organic waste facility. The outing, scheduled as part of their waste management unit, aimed to shed light on responsible waste disposal techniques and foster a deeper appreciation for environmental conservation.
The class arrived at the Peterborough landfill and organic waste facility on Thursday morning, ready for an hour-long plant tour. On the tour, they gained firsthand knowledge about the intricacies of waste segregation, recycling processes, and the significant role of composting in reducing organic waste. They also learned about the efforts involved in the upkeep of closed landfills, and the challenges of expanding or opening new ones. The Peterborough landfill life expectancy was about 11 years before it reached capacity, and the new organic collection system is thought to extend it's lifespan by an extra 3 years through the diversion of organic waste (for a new lifespan of 14 years). Through this trip, our teens learned more about the value of diverting organic waste from landfills and how it can be used to enrich agricultural lands, community gardens, and public parks.
One of the highlights of the visit was witnessing the innovative methods employed at the landfill to minimize environmental impact. Students learned about methane capture systems, which convert landfill gases into clean energy, contributing to both waste reduction and renewable energy production.
Following their exploration of the landfill and organic waste facility, the class proceeded to the wastewater treatment plant where they delved into the sophisticated processes involved in treating wastewater before it is safely released back into the environment. Understanding the importance of treating wastewater for public health and environmental sustainability was a key takeaway from this segment of the trip.
This environmentally conscious journey not only provided valuable insights but also underscored the benefits of adopting eco-friendly practices.
"We believe that educating our students about waste management is crucial in cultivating a generation that values environmental stewardship," said Ms. Delevadova, the Environmental Science teacher. "Visiting these facilities allowed our students to witness firsthand the impact of responsible waste management and inspired them to be more mindful of their own ecological footprint."
Our students, enriched by this hands-on experience, returned to campus, armed with knowledge that will undoubtedly shape their perspective on waste management and motivate them to contribute positively to the environment.
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