Ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it is collected from the kerbside?
Where does it go, and what is it recycled into? On this programme students learn about the reduce, reuse and recycle aspects of the waste management hierarchy at three key sites: EcoSort, EcoDrop, and EcoShop.
EcoSort - Students will investigate the importance of reducing over recycling before exploring how the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) separates the resources from the recycling (yellow top) wheelie bins, then explore what products these resources can be recycled 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 to 13|
|Curriculum level||2 to 8|
|Availability||Available year round|
|Times||9.15am to 11.45am or 12.15pm to 2.30pm|
|Site||EcoSort (Parkhouse Road Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) limited parking available),
EcoDrop Parkhouse (EcoDepot/Refuse Station) and EcoShop
|Number of students||Maximum of 35|
|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 MRF)
Note: All sites are visited over the course of the programme.
Students may be able to:
|Strands||Curriculum level||Achievement objectives|
|Science||Nature of science||5 to 8||Participating and contributing|
|Science||Material world||3||Properties and changes of matter|
|Technology||Nature of technology||4||Characteristics of technology|
|Technology||Technological knowledge||4||Technological products|
|Social sciences||Social studies||3||Understand how people view and use places differently|
|Social sciences||Social studies||Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources|
|Social sciences||Social studies||4||Understand how exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places and environments|
|Social sciences||Social studies||Understand how producers and consumers exercise their rights and meet their responsibilities|
|Social sciences||Social studies||5||Understand how people's management of resources impact on environmental and social sustainability|
|Social sciences||Social studies||6||Understand how cultures adapt and change and that this has consequences for society|
|Health and physical education||Healthy communities and environments||6 to7||People and the environment|