Information & Education

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The City of Springfield provides community education and awareness about the benefits of implementing sustainable practices including: 

  • Print resources related to various aspects of solid waste management including composting, Business Recycling Programs, and waste reduction
  • Environmental education presentations to school classes, community groups, church groups, civic clubs, neighborhood associations, and other groups and organizations
  • Recycling Hotline - Call about what to recycle and where! 417-864-1904
  • Special Events
  • Tours of recycling facilities, sanitary landfill, and household chemical collection center
  • Working with the community through local citizen groups and organizations
If you are interested in a presentation for your club or organization, or want to schedule a tour for a group please call our Education Outreach Specialist, Laurie Duncan, at 864-2007.

Attention Teachers


  • Community Resource Guide - compiled by the Interpreters Coalition of Springfield-Greene County to assist in utilizing the varied resources of our community toward field education and hands-on learning experiences

Field Trip Options

All field trips include guided presentation with site technician, as well as Education Outreach Specialist for additional facilitation. Following the field trip, our Education Outreach Specialist will present print material/giveaway items that support primary learning content of trip. 

  • Springfield Sanitary Landfill
  • Northwest Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Household Chemical Collection Center
  • Yardwaste Recycling Center
  • Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Lone Pine or Franklin Recycling Centers

In-Class Presentation Options

Presentations for all grade levels available, pre-k to adult.(Most in-class presentations are between 45 minutes to 1 hour.) 
 Primary topics available include:
  • Landfill, recycling connection
  • Wastewater treatment process
  • Vermicomposting
  • How to be an Eco-Hero (sustainable habits in daily settings)
  • Air Aware, information about our air, monitoring air quality, intro to lichens as bio-indicator of air quality
  • Recycling - most common types of materials, water materials can become

For more information or to schedule a field trip or program contact:

Laurie Duncan
Education Outreach Specialist
417-864-2007
lduncan@springfieldmo.gov