Students will gain an insight into the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle aspects of the waste management hierarchy.

Three children sort some recyclingHighlighted 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 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
Cost Free
Number of classes One at a time (One class = 35 students)
Requirements Closed-in shoes must be worn

Risk analysis and management (RAM)

Programme outline

Key concepts

Waste minimisation and management issues, waste heirarchy, recycling technology, sustainability, personal and social action.

Lesson description/intention

Your students will visit:

EcoSort (Recycling Plant at the Materials Recovery Facility, 'MRF')

  • Students will participate in activities to identify key reasons for, and how to go about, reducing waste and have hands-on experience of the products made from recycled materials.

Note: Due to health and safety reasons, students will not be going into the EcoSort (Materials Recovery Facility).


  • Students will have the opportunity to see where materials that cannot be recycled through the yellow wheelie bin can be dropped; some of these resources will go to the...

EcoShop (SuperShed)

  • An opportunity for students to get creative and clever with the pre-used materials at the EcoShop (SuperShed) to meet a 'Changing Rooms' challenge.

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.

Key competencies

  • 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
Learning Areas
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 responsibilites
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