The following EcoKits are available to schools and other community groups at no cost.
Schedule a Free EcoKit!
The following EcoKits are free. Kits are generally loaned out for 1-2 week periods. Other arrangements may be possible, depending on demand. Pick up kits at our office in Grand Rapids:
Kent County DPW
977 Wealthy St. SW
Mon-Fri (7:30 AM-4:30 PM)
Instructions and some materials are included to guide you as you set up composting in your classroom.
After creating instruments out of recyclable materials, have your own concert and do some recycling karaoke!
Recycled Crayon Kit
Crayons take many years to decompose in a landfill. Rather than throwing away crayon stubs, melt them down to make new crayons in fun shapes! We’ll supply crock-pots and molds, you supply the crayon stubs. If you have an oven, crockpots may not be necessary. Additional adult helpers may be required.
By recycling paper we can reduce the number of trees used to produce new paper. We supply the blenders and screens for making paper, you supply the paper scraps and water! This is a great activity to try outside on picnic tables (electricity required). Try making special occasion cards or make your own paper for the next writing assignment in class!
Steel Can Lantern Kit
Empty steel cans are great to teach “reuse” to your students! We’ll supply the hammers and nails, you supply the cans so your students can make their own “lanterns.” Create beautiful nighttime decorations out of old steel cans. Makes a great gift for parents!