First Lego League Trash Trek Challenge Tackles Waste Reduction

By Kevin Pink, Customer Service & Marketing Assistant

If you need to solve a problem, it helps to consult with the experts. When you’re a FIRST LEGO Leagutrash-trek-logo1e Trash Trek team trying to solve problems related to waste, recycling, composting, and food waste diversion, you turn to the Center for EcoTechnology, RecyclingWorks MA, and THE GREEN TEAM.

FIRST LEGO League was created to inspire kids to become interested in science and technology. Through their Trash Trek challenge, it has become an avenue to educate students about the waste stream. At press time, multiple teams across the nation have reached out to the Center for EcoTechnology, RecyclingWorks MA, and THE GREEN TEAM for assistance in solving problems related to waste diversion and creative reuse.

A team in Virginia reached out to the Center for EcoTechnology’s Green Business Specialist Heather Billings for her opinion on their compost-processing machine, which also used worms. Hooray for vermicomposting! Another team in Wisconsin contacted RecyclingWorks MA, which the Center for EcoTechnology operates on behalf of the MassDEP to provide recycling advice to people and businesses, about Massachusetts’ ban on putting construction and demolition waste into landfills. A team in Hadley was so close to our Northampton offices that our Education and Outreach EcoFellows were able to visit to help them start their project! They requested recycling bins from THE GREEN TEAM, another program that the Center for EcoTechnology runs for the MassDEP, and will begin diverting recyclables and food scraps this semester!

It has really been inspiring for us to see so many students working together to tackle some serious waste-reduction challenges in new and creative ways. We’d love to see them all keep up the good work!

For more on the Trash Trek Challenge and the ways the Center for EcoTechnology, RecyclingWorks MA, and THE GREEN TEAM are involved, check out the FIRST LEGO League blog!

Author: Center for EcoTechnology

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