Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Children look at how to reduce the amount of packaging from their lunchboxes that ends up in landfill by creating a circular economy comic to change their behaviours.

This activity has been developed as part of the Schools Recycle Right Challenge for Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week. Register your lesson or other activities so they can be counted towards the national achievement and receive other free support materials.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

EYLF Learning Outcome


Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

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Teacher Worksheet

Background information:

Recycling is one of the easiest ways of being green. All it takes is putting the right thing in the right bin. But why do it? Well, there are several reasons, and they're all very important.

  1. All the raw materials required to make any of the goods we use come from finite resources, meaning that once they run out, you won't be able to get them back. Recycling means we can use these items over and over again.
  2. In most cases, getting the raw materials uses more energy than recycling. In the case of aluminium cans, for example, making a can from recycled materials rather than raw materials saves 95% of the energy used to make the can from scratch. What about paper? We can always grow more trees to make more paper, but growing more trees requires water and energy, and if trees are grown just for paper products, there is less water and energy for the natural environment.
  3. Recycling reduces the amount of waste going to landfill. Less waste in landfill means less
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