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Learning objects Your rubbish pile: reduce your waste

TLF ID L1004

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 the consequences of large volumes of rubbish being sent to landfill sites. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify ways they can reduce the amount of household waste being sent to landfill.
  • Students determine the consequences of the accumulation of waste in the environment.
Educational value
  • Introduces the environmental consequences of sending rubbish to landfill, including the rate at which common wastes decompose.
  • Demonstrates the effectiveness of reducing, reusing and recycling waste.
  • Challenges students to compare waste management options and identify courses of action that will reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.
  • Illustrates the rate at which materials decompose.
  • Provides feedback graphically; incorrect choices cause the rubbish pile to grow.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • studies of society and environment
  • Studies of society and environment/Resources
  • Studies of society and environment/Environment
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental impact
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental influences
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental management
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental protection
  • Studies of society and environment/Use of environment
  • Studies of society and environment/Use of resources
  • Studies of society and environment/Community
  • Studies of society and environment/Community life
  • Studies of society and environment/Consumption (Economics)
  • Studies of society and environment/Sustainable development
  • Knowledge;
  • Comprehension;
  • Application;
  • Analysis
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Analysis;
  • Modelling
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

  • Technical implementer
  • Script writer
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Mr Russell Darnley
  • Organisation: Asian Field Study Centre Pty Ltd
  • Address: Rozelle NSW 2039 Australia
  • URL:
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing independence
Learning resource type
  • Interactive Resource
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS Windows)
  • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
  • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
Operating systems
  • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
  • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.