Quick summary: Students engage in a school waste audit to determine the quantities and makeup of the waste generated at their school. This baseline data is collected to calculate the total waste output of the school. Students investigate landfill, co-mingled recycling, paper and organic waste. Based on this data schools can explore how to reduce their waste.
This lesson can be used when working on the Waste Module of ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Certification. By completing this lesson you will have completed the following actions:
Waste Checklist Compulsory Actions:
- A1.1 – Have you undertaken waste audits at your school?
- A1.3 – Has this data been entered as your baseline, and any anomalies explained?
Checklist data goals:
- To find out how full the landfill and recycling bins/skips are when collected to measure actual waste output (in m3).
- To find out how much organic waste is processed by school (in m3) per year.
Australian Curriculum Links:
Cross curriculum priorities
Sustainability: OI.3 – Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems.
|Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking|
Explicit content description
Year 7 Science
Year 7 Geography
Year 8 Science
Year 8 Mathematics
Year 8 Geography
Year 9 Geography
Year 10 Geography
Connecting lessons: Litter audit – must be completed as a compulsory action.
Resources required: Writing materials, rubber gloves, camera or mobile phone with a camera or tablet device with a camera, access to a computer with a graphing program, map or plan of the school grounds, student worksheets, clip board (if using printed copies of worksheet).
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Litter, school, waste, rubbish, organic waste, recyclable waste.
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