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Waste Management brings 'Trash to Gas' display to DuPage Children's Museum

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By Brianne Bromberek
DuPage Children’s Museum

Waste Management of Illinois, Inc., the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, will sponsor a presentation on renewable energy technology from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 9, at the DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville.

Waste Management's team will provide demonstrations of its "Trash to Gas" display, which simulates how gas is extracted from a landfill. The display provides a visible learning experience related to science and math taught in the classroom.

"Waste Management has developed a display for the classroom that will trigger children's curiosity and encourage interest in science and math," said Bill Schubert, director of disposal operations at Waste Management.

Waste Management also will outline a series of lessons that can be taught using the "Trash to Gas" display. The lessons can be tailored to virtually any age level and, alongside the display, have been used successfully at elementary schools, as well as in training for Waste Management's own gas technicians.

Waste Management uses landfill gas to create electricity and also uses the landfill gas to fuel its own vehicles. Families will have the opportunity to see, touch and learn more about the compressed natural gas vehicles.

"It's a great opportunity for museum members and visitors to explore the natural gas vehicles and learn from the driver what it's like to drive a recycling truck," said Mike Brink, public sector representative.

The workshop and touch-a-truck event are free with museum membership or admission and preregistration is not required. For more information, visit dupagechildrensmuseum.org or call (630) 637-8000.

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