“We want to empower the youth with knowledge they can use to improve the environment they live in,” said Lauren Barone, the authority’s school recycling coordinator who helped to design the Go Green program.What knowledge? That certain numbers stamped on plastics mean they are recyclable while others are not?
This isn't about transferring knowledge . . . it's about training . . . training kids to respond to a particular stimulus (the number) in a particular manner (throw it in the correct bin) to produce a result that someone higher up (the Solid Waste Authority) deems an improvement.
It's all about controlling behavior.
The only thing "empowered" here is government authority.