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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, ...

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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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Reducing plastic bag use

Boomerang Bags came about when a group of people in a small community decided to do something to reduce plastic bag usage. How are they doing this? Have you ever recycled or re-used existing things and objects to create something new? See if you can find unwanted and discarded items and create something useful out of them!

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Cash for cans in Western Australia?

Western Australians are the nation's largest producers of waste, yet they recycle the least, according to the 2012 National Waste Report. In this clip you will hear from people who would like the state government to introduce a 10-cent refund on cans and bottles, to encourage people to recycle. But not everyone is happy ...

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Turning rubbish into animals

Recycling can take many forms. Watch this video to discover how one artist in tropical north Queensland uses rubbish found on beaches to create beautiful and thought provoking artworks.

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Solving problems while promoting wellbeing

Lots of food is thrown out each day in Australia while lots of people rely on charities for their meals. Watch this clip and learn about FareShare, an organisation that is working towards solving both of those problems. Make a list of all the ways FareShare is helping to improve human wellbeing. Don't forget to consider ...

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How to create a robot from recycled parts

Have you ever wanted to try your hands at robotics but thought it might be too costly? Never fear - you can create robots out of recycled materials! Find out what kind of materials you might need to create a robot capable of movement and speech. Do you think you will be able to find these materials in recycling centres? ...

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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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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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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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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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Putting a cap on bottled water

Once, nearly all the water we drank came straight out of a tap, but not any more. Some environmental groups have been pushing for plastic bottles to be banned. Could bottled water become a thing of the past or will this battle boil down to conservation versus convenient accessory?

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What on earth is vermicast?

Do you know what vermicast is? It's worm manure! Worms produce vermicast after they've gobbled up our organic waste! Worms help to convert waste material that would otherwise go to landfill, into good, healthy soil. What are the benefits of this?

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost

This learning sequence examines the waste management strategies of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

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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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Recycling e-waste to raise money for food charities

We all know recycling is a great way to reduce waste going into landfills, but there can be other benefits too. Some social entrepreneurs are recycling e-waste, not only to keep them from going into landfills, but also to generate revenue to help fund food charities. Craig Reucassel mentions how using technology for longer ...

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Using the food we don't eat

In Australia there has been an increasing trend of throwing out food, even though some people don't have enough of it. What can be done to connect those who need food support with organisations that commonly dispose of food that is still edible? Find out in this clip.

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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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When a landfill site is full, what then?

Find out about some of the problems and solutions related to managing waste in a local area when the landfill site is full. View this clip called 'Filled to the brim', created by young reporters from Presbyterian Ladies College in Armidale, New South Wales. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making ...

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Waste and materials – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

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 ...