Avoid, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

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)

Civics and Citizenship
Examine the concept of global citizenship(VCCCC017)

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Program Details

Program Location Sustainability Education Centre Cheltenham
Max # of Groups (group max 30) 4
Possible Start Times 10am (9.40am arrival), 12.30pm (12.10pm arrival)
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