Project Description

THE 4 Rs PROGRAM

Waste programs focus on the ‘Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’ philosophy and include environmental impacts of current practices and strategies to overcome them.

Duration of activities: ~ 50 minutes
Available for: Grade 3 to 6


ACTIVITIES

You can mix and match activities from two different programs.

  • Discover how everyday choices can have a long-lasting effect on the environment
  • Investigate how long it takes common pieces of packaging, rubbish and other household items to break down with our waste timeline
  • Play “In the Bin”, a waste-busting team game that sorts the contents of an average bin
  • Investigate the CERES worm farm and discover the problems with organics in landfill
  • Handle a real worm and learn about its role in the composting cycle
  • Hunt for minibeasts and learn about food webs and their importance to a healthy environment
  • Explore the environmental and human impacts of paper production
  • Learn about paper fibres, types of paper and the paper recycling process
  • Make and take home your own recycled paper using shredded waste paper
  • Learn some of the Indigenous and European history of the Merri Creek and its changes over time
  • Walk along the creek and observe sources of litter and pollution in drains and waterways, and consider how this affects water quality and the environment
  • Investigate the litter trap and consider ways to prevent litter and pollution in waterways
  • When it comes to wasting food; Australia is among the worst in the world
  • Discover the ‘how and why’ of this huge environmental problem
  • Explore solutions to our food waste epidemic
  • Plan how you, your class and your family can contribute to less wastage of food and a more sustainable future
  • Investigate the world’s fastest growing waste stream, electronic (E-) waste
  • Discover the health and environmental impacts of the many different minerals and toxic materials that make up our every day electronic gadgets
  • Explore solutions to the problem, from recycling to extending the life of your products
  • Use our giant tower game to discover how ecosystems can be altered by human activity.
  • Discover the “flow on effects” that affect other other parts of the ecosystem. How do these affect humans?
  • What happens when ecosystems reach a “tipping point” where the ecosystem is unbalanced?
  • Who is responsible for the collapse? What can be done to prevent it?
  • Reimagine an old shirt into a reusable bag
  • Rethink waste as a resource
  • Reduce single use plastic to landfill
  • Reuse and repurpose recycled materials to make something new and useful
  • IMPORTANT – For this activity EACH participating student needs to bring an old t-shirt to repurpose into something new. Preferably it is an old, stained, discoloured, or slightly damaged t-shirt that has lived it’s full life as clothing and can’t be re-used or donated. This t-shirt SHOULD NOT be bought brand new for this activity as it will be cut up. It can be of any size but shouldn’t be too open at the top or too stretchy. If there are issues with each student supplying a t-shirt each then please discuss options with the bookings team.
  • Reimagine food waste as healthy living soil
  • Rethink food waste as a resource
  • Reduce food waste to landfill and methane pollution
  • Reuse and repurpose recycled materials to make healthy living soil for
    the garden to continue the nutrient cycle
  • Revamp the CERES garden beds
Book an Excursion

Enquiries:

Contact the Education Bookings Team
education@ceres.org.au
(03) 9389 0144

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