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Waste matters

This is a compilation of three teaching sequences about the concept of waste. It includes sections on kinds of waste people create, the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, waste management practices at a community level, and people and organisations working for a cleaner world. It introduces this ...

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Fashion less waste

This resource focuses on fashion using recycled non-clothing materials, featuring outfits made for the Fashion less waste design competition from 2009 to 2012, which raises awareness of sustainability in fashion. Presented through the Australian Museum website, the resource includes four image galleries of the Fashion less ...

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Activity: be safe with waste

This is a web resource that provides a student worksheet about the safety aspects of working with waste, accompanied by a teacher guide. The teacher guide comprises suggestions for a lesson on handling solid waste, including developing a class safety code. The worksheet contains questions for the students to reflect on ...

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Recycling banana waste

Have you ever wondered what happens to the on-farm waste from our food crops? It's not all left to rot into the soil. Watch as an innovative farmer joins forces with a clever engineer to turn farm waste into a new product with unique properties.

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Coal-waste conflict

Watch this confrontation between a conservationist group and a coal-mining executive in 1973. The coal mine in Coalcliff was given the all-clear from the State Planning Authority to dump coal-mining waste on the Illawarra escarpment. This happened before a planned official inquiry into the issue.

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Converting waste to energy

An Australian company is hoping to develop a waste-to-energy facility in Western Australia to convert household waste into power. Find out how this technology works, and learn about some of the issues it raises for waste management in the community. Does everyone support this technology, which is relatively new to Australia?

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Reducing landfill waste

Australians produce large volumes of waste and much of it goes to landfill, the oldest form of waste management. South Australia introduced a waste levy in an effort to manage landfill waste. Watch this clip to find out the effect of this levy on waste disposal and on a local landfill site.

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E-waste, recycling, and sustainability

What happens to electronic waste (e-waste)? Watch this clip about the physics of recycling to find out the way that useful materials are captured from waste at a local materials recovery facility. Presenter Tanya Ha investigates e-waste, the products it comes from, and the sustainability challenges it poses.

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Solving the problem of e-waste

Australians are quick to embrace new technology. However, the rapid rate of technological change has meant that Australia is one of the world's largest producers of electronic waste, or 'e-waste'. This clip from 2013 looks at how various community groups are working together to find a solution to this growing problem.

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Your rubbish pile: reduce your waste

Look at a huge pile of rubbish that the average Australian produces every year. Take action to reduce the pile. Choose whether to reduce, reuse, recycle, or throw away household items such as bottles, cans, plastic bags, paper and food waste. Look at background information on the main options for dealing with waste. Consider ...

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Your rubbish pile: managing waste

Look at a huge pile of rubbish that the average Australian produces every year. Take action to reduce the pile. Choose whether to reduce, reuse, recycle, or throw away household items such as bottles, cans, plastic bags, paper and food waste. Consider the consequences of large volumes of rubbish sent to landfill sites. ...

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Activity: down with waste home challenge

This is a web resource that provides a student activity about waste reduction with a teacher guide describing the three key aspects of the activity: researching the environmental and social benefits of recycling and home composting and writing a short persuasive piece about reducing the waste sent to landfill; carrying ...

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Banana waste into high-value products

Have you heard the expression 'One man's trash is another man's treasure'? Discover an innovative Australian technology that turns banana farm waste into high-value products that have generated worldwide interest. See what makes this waste product potentially useful to farmers in developing countries.

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Trash to treasure with Joost the waste-buster

Joost Bakker is committed to eliminating waste. Watch this clip to find out about some of Joost's projects, like his recyclable houses and pop-up cafes, and hear his big plans for safeguarding our future. How does he aim to close the loop?

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Classroom Antarctica: natural resources and waste management

This learning sequence investigates how basic human needs are met and the natural resources that are consumed aboard an icebreaker en route to Antarctica. Students research life aboard Australia's newest icebreaker and structure research questions to guide their inquiries. They can deliver their findings as a written, spoken ...

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Wasted by alcohol abuse

Consuming alcohol affects our bodies. Find out what alcohol actually does inside the human body and the organ that 'fights' to reduce its harmful effects. Discover why alcohol is literally a 'waste' product.

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Waste not want not: How are our lifestyles shaping and changing the planet?

This is a unit of inquiry made up of 12 learning sequences for year 8 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. Students will explore how the concept of rubbish, garbage or ...

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Forest Learning: Going bush - energy from woodchip waste

This is a video about South East Fibre Exports, the woodchip it produces, its pilot plant to convert woodchip waste into wood pellets for heating and kitty litter, and its plans to use the pellets in a 5 megawatt biomass power generation plant. The presenters of the 'Going bush' series are shown discussing the log sizes ...

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Wastewater: treated well, it's not just a waste

This set of three short videos shows the treatment processes for wastewater in a first world community. Process engineers talk about wastewater and how they treat it.

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Waste and materials – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on waste and materials using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate ...