Students will gain an insight into the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle aspects of the waste management hierarchy.
This is highlighted by visits to the:
EcoSort – Students investigate the importance of reducing over recycling, explore 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/made into.
EcoDrop – A quick drive past the recycling drop off area to identify resources 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 to 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 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 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|