Education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—or STEM—fosters students’ ingenuity and creativity and provides a deeper understanding of recycling. Students with these educational backgrounds will develop into tomorrow’s workers. The next generation of workers will be responsible for continuing the innovation of the industry, designing products for recycling, and developing handles to recycle new materials.
To expand youth education, ISRI has partnered with the nonprofit JASON Learning to develop a school curriculum that helps teachers and students understand the importance of recycling and the industry. This partnership presents a unique opportunity to not only spread the recycling message to youth, but also inspire students to think about careers in the recycled materials industry and give them the scientific and technical background that recycling responsibilities require.