Austin-based Texas Disposal Systems (TDS)—one of the largest independently owned solid waste collection and disposal companies in North America—has launched TDS Eco Academy, a program that educates K-12 students in Central Texas about waste, recycling and compositing options both in their schools and everyday lives.
TDS has been working hand-in-hand with Central Texas schools for 13 years on recycling and composting education and implementation, and the new TDS Eco Academy program will provide staff and students with the materials needed to learn how to recycle and divert waste and why those efforts are important.
“TDS is committed to educating the communities it serves to raise broader public awareness about the importance of minimizing waste,” said TDS CEO, Co-Owner and President Bob Gregory. “We are excited to introduce Eco Academy and expand our partnership with students and teachers in Central Texas.
In addition to a formal curriculum, the TDS Eco Academy will include educational videos, classroom signage and other collateral to make learning fun and enable real-world application. Each school that participates in the program will be documented, and the schools’ diversion data will be available on the TDS Eco Academy website so that students and staff can see how their actions are making a difference.
“We’re excited and honored to bring the TDS Eco Academy program to our district,” said Odom Elementary School Principal Sondra McWilliams. “We share TDS’ passion for educating our students on how to live healthy lifestyles and improve the environment, and look forward to making a difference in our community.”