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Recycling

Introduction

You’ve been learning about the problem of waste disposal and how it can affect the environment. You’ve also talked about reducing the amount of waste made or recycling. Now you will get a chance to see what happens to garbage after it’s been thrown out and things you can do to reduce the amount of things that go to a landfill.


Exploration

View the Landfill slide show to see images of a public landfill. Think about these questions as you view the images:

  • What do you notice about this landfill?
  • What types of things do you see in the landfill?
  • Do you think that any of these things could be recycled? If so, which ones?

Visit Planetpals: A Quick Lesson in Recycling, where you can learn about the different kinds of products that can be recycled.

As you're reading, be prepared to answer these questions. You may find it helpful to take notes.

  • What are two ways people can recycle from home?
  • Have you ever seen a recycling bin like the one in the picture? Do you have one at home?
  • What kinds of paper/metal/plastic products can be recycled?
  • What does "hazardous" mean? What are some examples of hazardous materials? Why do you think these materials are bad for the environment?

Next, visit the Which Bin Does It Go In? activity. Read the directions. Click on the bin to go to the game. Once the game board is ready, read the "Instructions." Look over the screen and discuss what you see with your teacher. Click the "Start" button when you are ready to begin. Play the game a few times, trying to get the recyclable goods into the correct bins before they end up in the trash.

Visit Where Does It All Go? to learn about the kinds of products that can be made from recyclable materials. Your teacher will read along with you this site about how to recycle, why to recycle, and what you can recycle.

As you're reading, be prepared to answer these questions. You may find it helpful to take notes.

  • In Manitoba, Canada, where do all the recyclable materials go?
  • What kinds of new products can be created from newspapers/magazines?
  • What kinds of new products can be created from steel cans?
  • What kinds of new products can be created from aluminum cans?
  • What kinds of new products can be created from cardboard boxes?
  • What kinds of new products can be created from plastic bottles and containers?
  • What kinds of new products can be created from glass bottles?

This esheet is a part of the Garbage 2: Recycling lesson.

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