Briefly explain the history of recycling in Australia.
Australians now recycle around _________of all waste.
What sorts of things can be recycled? Give at least three examples.
What should you do with the lids of tin cans?
What should you do with cans and containers before you recycle them?
How does recycling help the environment?
What can be done to encourage people to recycle?
What was surprising about the Recycling Week story?
Discuss the BTN Recycling story as a class. Record students’ responses on a mind map with ‘recycling’ in the centre. Add new words and concepts to the mind map as students’ progress through the activities in this resource.
Use these questions to help guide discussion:
What do you THINK about what you saw in this video?
What does this video make you WONDER?
Think of three questions you would like to ask the recycling expert in the BTN Recycling story.
What does recycling mean to you? Leave your comment on the BTN Recycling story page.
How does the recycling help people and the environment?
Write a personal response to the Recycling story. Leave a comment on the BTN Recycling story page. Ask students to finish one or more of the following incomplete sentences:
I can reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill by...
Sending less rubbish to landfill is important because...
It’s surprising that...
As a class, brainstorm all the different types of waste created at your school, for example:
Do your students know which of these items can be recycled? Test your students by asking which items can be recycled and which recycling bin it should be placed. Students can test their recycling skills by playing this Zero Waste game.
In this activity students will discuss, audit and reflect on their schools current recycling program.
Have a class discussion about what your school already does to recycle. Use one or more of the following questions to guide your discussion:
Do you recycle at your school? What do you know about it?
What items are collected as part of the recycling program in your council area?
Do you know where the recycled materials end up and what they are used for?
As a class, audit the contents of one of your schools recycling bins. Record your results. Students will analyse their results and respond to the following:
What do your findings tell you about your schools’ recycling habits?
What surprised you about the results?
Students will reflect on the activity and respond to the following:
How can you reduce the amount of waste produced at your school?
Do you think you will change your recycling habits? If so, how?
Making a difference with recycling
For inspiration watch these BTN stories to learn how kids around Australia are making a difference with recycling. After watching each story students will respond to the associated focus questions. BTN War on Waste School
After watching the ABC's War on Waste series last month, students from North Adelaide Primary were so inspired they started making some big changes to their school and community. After watching the story students will respond to the following questions.
What was the main point of the BTN story?
What was the mission that the kids in the BTN story set themselves?
What inspired them to go on this mission?
Australia is one of the biggest producers of trash in the world. True or false?
What reusable items did the students buy?
What is nude food?
What are the benefits of having nude food at school? Try having your own nude food day.
What does your school already do to reuse and recycle?
How well do you know the 5 Rs? Discuss as a class.
How has your thinking changed since watching the BTN story?