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Waste warriors

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Background

The Chasers’ ‘War On Waste’ was a popular program that aired on the ABC in 2017-2018.  Those that choose to join this war must therefore be Waste Warriors. 
 
Everyday human activities produce waste in a number of forms.  Waste in the form of litter pollutes the land and waterways, while waste disposed as rubbish ends up in landfill which can contaminate groundwater, not to mention the need to find new holes as existing ones quickly fill.  The “Three Rs”, namely Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, represent ways of minimising the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.
 
Ecolinc is a Science and Technology Innovation Centre specialising in programmes on the theme of sustainability and the environment, and as such implements many of the techniques that comprise the Three Rs.  Ecolinc uses 100% recycled paper and pencils made from recycled paper, while folders are made from recycled plastic. Ecolinc composts all waste food materials and maintains an active worm farm. A composting toilet is available outside.

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Understand the importance of preventing waste from entering the environment.
  • Become familiar with various strategies for minimising waste that goes to landfill.
  • Understand that many useful resources are finite and often non-renewable, and how recycling addresses this issue.
  • Learn how to set up and manage a worm farm to turn food scraps into fertilizer.

Activities

Students will:

  • Explore the impact of litter in the environment.
  • Participate in a Kahoot quiz on the theme of the impacts of waste disposal in landfill.
  • Learn how to set up and maintain a worm farm to process food waste and produce fertiliser for garden use.
  • Undertake a water recycling activity.

Learn Online

Ecolinc Learn Online is a virtual outreach learning management system (LMS) offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone.

Students are encouraged to do the post-learning course on Ecolinc Learn Online called  Waste Warriors @ Work after coming to Ecolinc.  Students are introduced to the range of scientific thinking around waste and waste disposal options. They will learn that generations of too much waste will quickly overwhelm existing landfill. Students will increase their ability to identify the material that common household waste is made of, and to separate recyclables and compost from non-recyclable rubbish items.  Student are invited to participate in a class or school audit of current practices regarding waste management.


Victorian Curriculum

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)
  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use (VCSSU060)
  • Types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment, the importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected; the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably (VCGGK082)
  • Similarities and differences in individuals’ and groups’ feelings and perceptions about places, and how they influence views about the protection of these places (VCGGK083).

Note:

This program builds upon the knowledge learnt in the F-2 program Reduce, Reuse, Recycle or can be undertaken as a stand-alone program.


Outreach

Ecolinc offers the following outreach option:

Making recycled paper