J1 Recycling

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Aims: To introduce young people to the concept of recycling. Taken from the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Community Nature and Environment J1


Activity 1
• ‘Recycling — The Facts’ template
• ‘Recycling — The Facts Answers’ template
• Why do we recycle?’ template
• Pens / Paper
• Range of household goods e.g. plastic milk bottle, glass jar, old newspapers, leftover food/teabags (biodegradable), empty yoghurt pot, empty beans can, ready meal box, lettuce wrapped in cellophane etc.

Activity 2
• Pen & Paper
• ‘Supermarket Challenge’ template
• Clipboards (one per group)

Activity 3
• Pen / Paper
• Clipboard


Activity 1 - Introduction to Recycling

Aims: To Introduce young people to the concept of recycling and Identify the range of Items that can be recycled.

1. Ask the young people to complete the ‘Recycling — The Facts’ template, and then go through the answers. This exercise will encourage the young people to appreciate the importance of recycling, and to begin considering the range of different types of recyclable material.

2. Introduce each household item in turn to the young people. For each item, you could discuss the following:
— How many of these items (and in what quantity) do they throw in the dustbin over the course of one week?
— Do they recycle any such items from home?
— Why is it important to recycle these items? (E.g. sustainable use of world resources, pollution, damage to environment.)

Tips / Advice:
The ‘Background Information’ template should be read through beforehand, so that the young people can be provided with prompts if and when necessary.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
Items used should be considered safe to handle.

Activity 2 - Visit a Local Supermarket

Aim: To visit a local supermarket and look at the range of products that can/cannot be recycled and to investigate how businesses recycle the waste they produce.

1. Give each group a copy of the Supermarket Challenge’ template. Divide the young people into groups of 4 or 5.

2. Task 1 on the worksheet includes a small shopping list — the young people will need to go around the store in their assigned groups and find each item in the supermarket. They will then need to fill in details based on its recycling potential

3. Task 2 on the worksheet involves collecting information on what existing recycling facilities the supermarket has e.g. carrier bag recycling. How does the store recycle its cardboard boxes? Encourage the group to politely ask a member of staff.

Tips / Advice:
• Some common recycling schemes that larger supermarkets run can include plastic bag, bottle bank, clothing, cardboard/paper, inkjet cartridges, mobile phones and Christmas cards.
• It may be necessary to obtain permission from a supermarket prior to visiting. They may even arrange a tour for you.
• Group sizes should be limited to 4-5 to avoid aisle congestion.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment
Young people should be supervised at all times when undertaking the survey, particularly if working in and around a store car park.

Activity 3 - Recycling in your Church

Aims: To investigate how the church recycles any waste It produces and to Identify ways the church can Improve its recycling further.

The young people should go around the church, listing the range of materials that are being (or could potentially be) recycled. Ideal places to look would be the church office and kitchen.

Example points to consider:
— what happens to waste paper and food packaging?
— what existing recycling facilities are there in place?

The findings can be related to any recycling policy, and young people can produce a series of recommendations to put forward to the church. They could even be encouraged to take an active responsibility for the recycling.

Tips / Advice:
The Church may well have its own recycling policy. Try to get some information on this beforehand. and to Identify ways the

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
Supervision, particularly when in and around potentially dangerous areas i.e. kitchen.

For full details see the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Community Nature and Environment J1


  • community
  • company
  • discoverer
  • Nature and environment
  • recycling

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