Avoid, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

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Excursion Program Overview

This hands-on program at our Sustainability Excursion Centre explores responsible consumerism and waste minimisation from the how’s and what’s of curbside recycling, to ‘pitching’ the benefits and pitfalls of various recyclable materials, a waste wise shopping challenge, what’s so hot about compost and the journey of our electronic items and their planned obsolescence.

Activities include:

  • Tuning In – Recycling Relay including E-waste
  • Wastelands – in teams, following the product journey for a recyclable item before pitching to your class the benefits (and pitfalls) of your item versus other materials (worksheet provided to support in collating information)
  • Videos – Check out a brief video to see what happens to your curbside recycling at a Material Recovery Facility and a comedic clip about planned and perceived obsolescence
  • 3R’s – Take the waste wise shopping challenge AND explore how our choices have changed since plastics were invented with ‘Ye Olde Worlde Shop’
  • Incredible Shrinking Machine – immerses students in the inner workings of a compost bin to understand the key processes that occur here
  • Tour of Compost Bin – checks out the variety of compost bins in our backyard, their key ingredients and how they each keep the balance
  • Worms on plates – meet the masters of organics recycling themselves!

Victorian Curriculum Links:

Science: Science Understanding

  • Changes to materials can be reversible, including melting, freezing, evaporating, or irreversible, including burning and rusting (VCSSU077)

Science: Science Inquiry Skills

  • Communicate ideas and processes using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and to identify simple cause-and-effect relationships (VCSIS088)

Civics and Citizenship: Citizenship, Diversity and Identity

  • Examine the concept of global citizenship (VCCCC017)

Design and Technologies: Technologies and Society

  • Investigate how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability, in the design of solutions for current and future use (VCDSTS033)

Design and Technologies: Creating Designed Solutions

  • Negotiate criteria for success that include consideration of environmental and social sustainability to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions (VCDSCD041)

Economics and Business: Resource Allocation and Making Choices

  • Identify types of resources (natural, human, capital) and explore the ways societies use them in order to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (VCEBR003)

Economics and Business: Consumer and Financial Literacy

  • Consider the effect that the consumer and financial decisions of individuals may have on themselves, their family, the broader community and the natural, economic and business environment (VCEBC005)

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Program Details

Program Location Sustainability Education Centre Cheltenham
Max # of Groups (group max 30)
Possible Start Times
Grade Level Years 5 - 6
Program Duration 2 hours
Program Type Excursion
Program Theme Recycling, Sustainability, Waste Minimisation, Properties of Materials, Worms & Compost
Cost per group 2hr program - $360