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Nancy Earick, Education Specialist

The Ashland County Solid Waste District provides education and awareness opportunities throughout Ashland County. 

Our educator schedules visit school classrooms, including home schools and Christian schools, 4-H groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth groups, clubs, organizations, etc. to speak about proper recycling, composting, litter prevention and waste reduction.  Our curriculum covers a large range of ages.  These lessons and activities can be adjusted to meet individual and group needs.  Special poster and writing contests are often offered to  Ashland County residents throughout the year.  Composting field trips can be scheduled for those interested in learning more about the importance of composting.

 We would love to visit your school or Scout group, schedule a composting lesson or offer sound advice on Recycling.   To learn more about the programs we offer please send questions to our Education Coordinator, Nancy Earick at


 Eco-Friendly Fun

Students enjoying their sticker books as they learn about
protecting and caring for our Earth.

Ashland Christian 4th grad compost lesson using ice cream cones to plant flowers

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Ashland Christian finalizes compost lesson by planting flowers

May compost

May compost



Earth Day

2023 - 2024 Aluminum Tab Drive

"It takes an ARMY to accomplish a task such as this and I sure have that army"
Nancy Earick


Tab Drive 1

Tab Drive 2




Tab Drive Interview

Student being interviewed about the aluminum tab drive
by Reporter Mariah Thomas

Tab Drive Winning Class

Mrs. Chandler's 3rd grade winning class from Reagan Elementary


Reusing Old CD's & Scrap Pieces of Wall Paper

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Mrs. Weiler's class, Hillsdale
Teachers are following up compost lesson with watching a pumpkin decompose in front of their eyes 

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02-16-24 compostFebruary 16, 2024

03-04-24 compostMarch 4, 2024

April 19, 2024 compostApril 19, 2024

May 6, 2024 compostMay 6, 2024




January 2024 Lesson

This month's lesson is on the book The Tin Forest.  A little old man's dream is to have a forest.  He makes a difference one piece of Tin at a time, cleaning up the garbage in his neighborhood and turning it into a Tin Forest.  Soon a bird comes along and drops a seed on the ground.  Real things start to grow and green vegetation fills in the forest.  When this happens real animals and insects show up.  This story teaches the children we can help our environment one piece at a time. Just like the bird and the man in the story made a difference.   We may not recycle a truck load of paper but each paper makes a difference.  We may not collect 10 pounds of pop tabs but each pop tab makes a difference.  Each little thing that we do makes a difference. 

Paper towel piece birds the students made as a project to go along with the lesson.

Tin Forrest 1


Tin Forrest 2b



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A Pig Tale written by Olivia Newton John
Discussion on Reusing
Project-making Iggy and Ziggy pigs out of a plastic pink Christmas ornament

December 2023 Lesson

Reusing egg cartons and wallpaper scraps to make a turkey.
This lesson goes along with the book "Michael Recycle" and
discussion of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
and the items Ashland County can accept at the drop off bins.


Kind at EdisonEdison, Kindergarten

Edison 3rd GradeEdison, Turkey's on Ledge, 3rd Grade



ACS 4th Grade


ACS 4th Grade (2)






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Ohio Business and Professional Women
Centerpiece Contest

1st place1st Place

2nd Place

3rd place3rd Place

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

Nancy Earick, Education Specialist

The Ashland County Solid Waste Management District utilizes the "Windows on Waste" curriculum to provide solid waste education and awareness opportunities to residents, businesses and school-age children throughout the county.

Programs for Classes, Organizations and Clubs ~ All Ages!

To learn more about the programs we offer please send questions to our Education Coordinator, Nancy Earick at

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