Students will gain an insight into the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle aspects of the waste management hierarchy.
Highlighted by visits to the:
EcoSort - Students will investigate the importance of reducing over recycling before exploring how the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) seperates the resources from the Recycling (yellow top) wheelie bins, then explore what products these resources can be recycled / made into.
EcoDrop - A quick drive past the recycling drop off area to identify resources that can be dropped off for reuse and recycling that are not part of the kerbside collection
EcoShop - A leap into the future as students are invited to imagine they are moving into a new flat, so need to decide which items they would purchase with their designated budget This activity reinforces the concept of Reuse.
|Year level: ||5–13 |
|Availability: ||Available year round |
|Site: ||EcoSort (Parkhouse Road Materials Recovery Facility, 'MRF' Limited parking available at this site), EcoDrop, EcoShop (SuperShed, Blenheim Road) |
|Number of classes: ||One at a time (One class = 35 students)|
Requirements: Closed-in shoes must be worn
Waste minimisation and management issues, waste heirarchy, recycling technology, sustainability, personal and social action.
Your students will visit:
EcoSort (Recycling Plant at the Materials Recovery Facility, 'MRF')
Note: Due to health and safety reasons, students will not be going into the EcoSort (Materials Recovery Facility).
Note: All sites are visited over the course of the programme.
Possible success criteria
Students may be able to:
- Organise the key waste actions into a hierarchy order of importance for waste minimisation.
- Explain how recycling plays a crucial part in minimising our carbon foot print.
- Give examples of how reusing products is an important step in the waste hierarchy.
Thinking - students will be presented with information and activities to enable them to decide how best to act in terms of reducing waste
Managing self - as a result of learning undertaken throughout the programme, students will be challenged to set themselves an individual goal to reduce, reuse or recycle over the 4 weeks following the programme
Nature of science
- Participating and contributing
|Material World||Level 3|
- Properties and changes of matter
|Technology||Nature of technology||Level 4|
- Characteristics of technology
|Technological knowledge||Level 4|
|Social sciences |
- Understand how people view and use places differently
- Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources
- Understand how exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places and environments
- Understand how producers and consumers exercise their rights and meet their responsibilites
- Understand how people's management of resources impact on environmental and social sustainability
- Understand how cultures adapt and change and that this has consequences for society
|Health and physical education ||Healthy communities and environments ||Level 6–7|
- People and the environment