What Happens After the Trash Truck Pulls Away?
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: See what happens to your trash after it’s picked up by your garbage collector.

Type of Video: Tour*
Unique Video ID: Environment-12**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Before watching the video have students brainstorm what they think happens after the trash truck pulls away. Watch the video and have students compare what they brainstormed to what they saw.
  • Have students describe the recycling process they viewed.
  • Use the video in a flipped learning class as a lead in to a project where students research their town’s recycling program. Consider a tour of their facility or have someone from the facility come to class.


*Tours take students to laboratories, studios, workspaces, museums and other diverse “in the field” and community locations related to the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.