For over a decade the District’s Small Planet School Education Program has provided thousands of local students- preschool to postgraduate- education and related experiences on the topic of the “4Rs”. From tours, assemblies, service learning, and support of environmental stewardship programs on campuses, the District has raised awareness and inspired thousands of students to “Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”.



  • Assemblies, Grade Level and Classroom Presentations
  • Staff Presentations, Trainings & Tours


  • Tours are offered of the MRMWD’s Resource Facilities and Landfill to 2nd grade – University students attending schools within the MRWMD Service Area*
  • Bus Grants for Tour Transportation

Waste Free School Support:

  • Waste Audits & Coordination with Franchise Hauler to review a schools resources
  • Infrastructure (collection containers and signage),


  • Compost Bins for School Gardens
  • Recycled  Content Student Products (Pencils, Rulers, Reusable Bags as available)

Service Learning: Students Learn By Doing

MRWMD supports student learning through service via campus green teams, environmental clubs, and local college and university service learning programs.

  • The District can assist with student volunteer education and training for waste reduction, recycling and compost projects.
  • College and university students can consider completing their service learning requirement with the District.

Interested students should be referred by their schools’ service learning program and should contact the MRWMD Public Education Coordinator at


MRWMD Staff can help your school build upon an existing recycling program, start a compost program and help become a “Waste Free” school.

California’s 10,000 plus public schools are one of the largest generators of “waste” in the state, and waste characterizations studies have shown that approximately 95% of what is thrown away is recyclable and compostable material. MRWMD supports school and district wide waste reduction and recycling efforts to assist in greater diversion of these materials.

Working with school and/or district staff, franchise hauler and students, MRWMD can provide or assist with the coordination of:

  • Technical assistance/ waste audits (coordinated with the franchise hauler)
  • Education (Staff and student volunteer education & training)
  • Assistance with coordination of program implementation
  • Infrastructure (when available recycle containers, signage, compost bin donation, etc.)
  • Special School Event Recycling (Donation or loan of collection containers)


Contact MRWMD Public Education and Outreach Staff to learn more. / 831-264-6391

Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) and the Visual and Public Art (VPA) Program at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) have teamed up to create an Artist in Residence Program. Beginning January 2016, the collaborative partnership will allow VPA students to salvage for discarded materials and upcycle them into art.

The partnership will draw upon the expertise of CSUMB VPA faculty, who will mentor the student participants. MRWMD will provide access for material salvaging from Last Chance Mercantile and the Materials Recovery Facility. VPA artists will work and create in the yard at Last Chance Mercantile, providing the general public the opportunity to watch and engage with the artists.



Tours can be scheduled for student groups Monday through Friday throughout the year. The District provides the educational tours at no cost, and can provide small bus grants to offset the cost of transportation for student groups attending school within the District’s jurisdictions.


Based upon availability, MRWMD can provide “3R” school presentations and hands on workshops designed for students
k- 5th grades, in classroom groups.
Presentations can be adapted for 6th-12th grades, and for larger groups via grade level or assembly style presentations.

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MRWMD staff offers presentations and tours to community and professional groups>

Contact the MRWMD Public Education Staff to make a request and/or to learn more about topics and availability


Monterey Regional Waste Management Districts offers free workshops and events through out the year so you can learn the benefits and basics of home composting and green gardening. Check out and register for an upcoming workshop

Workshops are free, and generally held at the District facilities in Marina. They last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours and include a presentation and “hands-on” demonstration.

Workshops, unless otherwise noted are designed for an adult audience.

Basic Home Composting Workshop

Through presentation and hands-on demonstrations participants will learn the basics of composting including: choosing a compost system, what to compost, how to make and maintain a compost pile or bin, and the harvesting and use of the finished compost in your landscape and garden.

Vermicomposting (Composting With Earthworms)

Vermicomposting puts nature’s decomposers (earthworms) to work for you. Learn how to compost your food scraps using only a small, closed container. Perfect for those who live in small spaces or don’t have a big yard to compost to.

Sheet Mulching Workshop Or “Lose Your Lawn The Bay-Friendly Way”

$ave money, time, water usage, deter weeds, freshen your landscape, and help waste diversion in your local communities. Learn how to use cardboard, compost, wood chips and a little “elbow grease”, for an effective landscape treatment, called “sheet mulching”. It is an affordable, DIY project you can use to replace lawns, make garden paths, and/or even attractively cover a “weedy patch” in your yard.



Student Tour Request Form

Bus Grant Form

Special Event Recycle Bin Request

Student School Waste Audit Tools



Educational And School Waste Reduction Resources

CalRecycle’s services for educators, districts and school facilities

CREEC Network is a “one stop shop” for environmental education resources in California

Green School Initiatives


Contact Haulers For Your School’s Waste & Recycling Collection Services

Waste Management Inc. – (831) 384-5000

Monterey City Disposal – / (831) 372-7977

Republic Services Salinas – / (831) 775-3840

MRWMD Service Area Includes the following jurisdictions:

Moss Landing, Castroville, Marina, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, Monterey, Monterey-Salinas Highway area, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Unincorporated Carmel, Carmel Valley, Carmel Highlands, and Big Sur


Staff Contacts

Public Education & Outreach Coordinator
Kimberle Herring 831-264-6491
Public Education & Outreach Specialist
Angela Goebel

Office Hours: M-F 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.