4R Ambassador Program

4R Ambassador Program

We're excited to announce that our 4R Ambassador program

will take place June 3-7, 2024.

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County is looking for students to participate in a one-week Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink (4R) adventure into the world of waste. During this week, participants will engage in hands-on activities and labs focusing on the environment from an integrated solid waste management perspective.

Participants will go behind-the-scenes at all SWA facilities, including:

  • A Home Chemical and Recycling Center
  • The Landfill
  • The Recovered Materials Processing (recycling) Facility
  • Renewable Energy Facility 2 (the cleanest, greenest, most efficient waste-to-energy plant in the world!)
  • A Transfer Station
  • Utilities
  • The SWA Greenway Trail System

Participants will also visit our community partners, which include Resource Depot, Loxahatchee River District and Grassy Waters Preserve.  After students learn about the concept of "AWAY," they'll graduate as official SWA 4R Ambassadors. With this credential, they're encouraged to teach their family and friends how their waste can affect our environment. They'll also be able to explain how individuals can Recycle Right, and be mindful of their day-to-day choices and actions to reduce, reuse and rethink their waste.

The program is free however we ask participants to bring an old electronic device to be recycled.

Participant Requirements

Students interested in the program must have:
Completed grades 6, 7 or 8
3.0 GPA (transcript from school)
Membership in a school club (environmental, SECME, garden, etc.) and letter from its sponsor
Recommendation letter from a science teacher

How to Apply

Applicants will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Call 561-640-4000, ext 4319 or email education@swa.org. 
  • Complete an application


Participants will find out if they qualify before the program begins.

4R Ambassador Program