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Recycling Education Trunks

Our education trunks were introduced in January 2017 and are now available at community libraries throughout Gallatin County. To borrow a trunk, contact your local library or GSWMD at 406-582-2493 /

Participating libraries include: Three Forks Community LibraryManhattan Community LibraryBelgrade Community LibraryBig Sky Community Library, and Bozeman Public Library.

Trunks include the following materials:

  • Binder with print resources
    • Curricula: Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12
    • Activities
    • Local waste diversion/recycling resources
    • Guides for reducing waste
  • CD-ROM with digital resources (inside binder)
  • 100% recycled PET (#1 plastic) carpet sample   
  • 100% recycled t-shirt (plastic bottles) from ReThink Fabrics
  • Plastic lumber sample – made from recycled plastic bags & sawdust
  • Bale of aluminum cans (with gloves)
  • Reusable produce bag made from recycled bottles (features the GSWMD logo) 
  • Plastic bottle pre-forms filled with:
    • PET flake
    • rPET pellet
    • rPET fiberfill
  • Glass cullet sample
  • Finished compost sample
  • Alternative Daily Cover sample
  • Denim insulation sample (UltraTouch from Bonded Logic)
  • 4.5 pound bag of rice
    • Represents daily trash generation per person in the United States
  • Recycled newspaper pencil
  • Trivia Cards
    • Recycling
    • Compost
    • Natural Resources
    • Landfills
  • Small Magnet
    • Discover the difference between steel and aluminum
  • Books
    • Cradle to Cradle
    • Michael Recycle
    • Let It Rot
    • What Happens to Our Trash?