Education is critical to the success of any solid waste reduction and recycling effort. Knox County Recycling SWMD is committed to providing valuable, comprehensive educational programs and services to youth in the community.
The District provides free environmental education programs to all Knox County schools. We offer a variety of programs that help teach students about waste reduction, reuse, recycling, landfills and disposal of household hazardous waste.

We would love to come visit your school, school-aged daycare and/or scout group. Scroll through these photos to see some of the exciting programs we currently have to offer.

In School Programs

The District provides Environmental Education and community outreach programming to encourage responsible environmental stewardship.

Schedule a FREE environmental education program for your group.

Recycling Grants

We LOVE when classrooms, clubs and organizations participate in recycling projects and event; let us reward you!

Get a grant application here!


Got caps??

Turn them into a bench or picnic table!
You collect the caps, we’ll pay for the bench.

ABC (A Bench for Caps) Partnership! Apply here

Trash Talk

Trash Talk is a newspaper that is designed and written with the help of our friends at EcoPartners, to educate students about the what, when, where, and how of the District’s local programs and facilities as well as fun activities that reinforce the District’s waste reduction and recycling message.

The District provides all fourth-grade classes in the county bi-annual copies of Trash Talk This year, due to COVID-19 Restrictions, a digital version is provided for all classes and we’ve included a version for our 6th grade friends!

Education is critical to the success of  any  solid waste reduction and recycling effort.

We must all do our part to reduce, reuse, recycle and properly dispose of the waste items we produce. The Knox County Recycling and Solid Waste Management District is committed to providing valuable, comprehensive educational programs. We reach out to schools, groups and individuals in the community to provide meaningful educational opportunities to Knox County residents. To schedule a program for your group or organization contact Michelle Smith.

Billy B shared a FANASTIC EnviroEdu program at South Knox Elementary School


Worms eat our Garbage! Vermicomposting


The District is proud to offer FREE Environmental Education programs to Knox County Schools. We offer a variety of programs that help teach students about waste reduction, reuse, recycling, landfills and disposal of household hazardous waste. All in-school programs align with the Indiana Academic and Common Core Standards. Our Education Coordinator, Michelle Smith, is an Indiana licensed K-6 teacher with over 12 years of teaching experience in Knox County Schools. You can schedule a program with Michelle by email or phone (812-895-4878).

Check out our FREE Education Programs

Recycling Grant Opportunities

The District offers recycling grant opportunities to school and civic groups. Contact the District for eligibility details and more information.

Download the Recycling Grant Application-

Fill out the grant application and return to:

Knox County SWMD
1303 Willow Street
Vincennes, IN 47591

SWMD and Republic Services Teamed up to help Flaget Elementary School get their recycling program started.


ABC-Caps for Benches Program


The district has partnered up with Greentree Plastics in Evansville Indiana to bring Knox County the ABC Caps for benches program. This project is a program that allows groups to recycle caps from various types of plastic bottles and jugs and turn them into benches. This program is a great way to introduce recycling efforts and give back to the community.

For more information visit:

Trash Talk

Educational Links

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