Investigate effective waste minimisation and management processes through a visit to a key site in Christchurch.

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Programme overview

Year level 3 to 13
Curriculum Level 2 to 8
Availability Year-round
Times 9.30 to 11.45am, or 12:15pm to 2.30pm
Site EcoDrop (Metro Place)
Cost Free
Number of students Maximum of 35
Special requirements Closed in shoes must be worn.

Key concepts

  • Waste minimization and management
  • Sustainability
  • Personal and social responsibility for action
  • Waste hierarchy
  • Natural cycles for dealing with waste
  • Home and school composting

Lesson description

Students will gain an understanding of the waste hierarchy and effective waste minimisation and management processes.

There will be a strong focus on processing organic waste, which will include an introduction to several composting methods.

Students will learn the benefits of hot heap composting, EM Bokashi and worm farming methods. Proper use of City Council green bins will also be covered.


A visit to view the Transfer station floor gives students a glimpse of the sheer magnitude of items destined for landfill some of which could be recycled or reused. 

After learning what happens to the yellow bin contents, students will put their understanding to the test in a challenge to reduce, reuse and recycle rather than dispose of items.

Learning outcomes

We are learning to:

  • organise the key waste actions into a hierarchy order for waste minimisation (the 7Rs)
  • understand how Council kerbside collection works and what goes where
  • make decisions that result in more sustainable use of our resources
  • identify different composting methods, including important ingredients for good composting
  • give examples of ways to reduce or reuse.

Key competencies

Using language, symbols and texts

Students will use oral, written and visual texts to interpret key waste concepts and processes.


Students will use creative and critical thinking skills to problem-solve and expand knowledge of waste systems, waste minimisations and personal habits.

Managing self

Students will manage their behaviour so as to maximise their learning and that of their peers; recognising they are present at an industrial work site.

Participating and contributing

Students contribute to group tasks and class games (Top of the Pile, Win It or Bin It, The World According to MRF).

Achievement objectives

Curriculum area

Strand and level



Nature of Science

Levels 2 to 8

Investigating in science

Communicating in science

Participating and contributing

Living World

Levels 2 to 8

Life Processes



Technological Knowledge

Levels 2 to 8

Technological Systems, Levels 2-6, 8

Technological Products, Level 7

Nature of Technology

Levels 2 to 8

Characteristics of Technology, Levels 2, 4, 6, 7, 8

Characteristics of Technological Outcomes, Levels 3, 5

Social Sciences 
Tikanga ā-Iwi

Social Studies

Levels 2-5

Social Studies, Levels 2-5

Geography, Levels 6, 7, 8

Economics Levels 6, 7


Level 1




1.2 AS90926

1.3 AS90927


1.2 AS90931


1.11 AS90950

Generic  Technology

1.5 AS91048

1.7 AS91050

1.8 AS91051

1.9 AS 91052

Processing Technology

1.61 AS91083

Social Studies

1.4 AS91042

1.5 AS91043

Level 2




2.2 AS91154

2.3 AS91155

2.8 AS 91160


2.1 AS91910

2.3 AS91163

Generic Technology

2.8 AS91361

2.9 AS91362

2.10 AS91363

Processing Technologies

2.61 AS91352

Social Studies

2.4 AS91282

Level 3




3.2 AS91602

3.3 AS91603

Generic Technology

3.8 AS91615

3.13 AS91618

3.14 AS91619

Social Studies

3.1 AS91596