2. The first slide encourages students to think about the large number of bins – for sorting – but also that only one grey bin exists. This family [of four] generates one black bag of household waste per week.
Slide 3 – The intention is for the students to think about the various different materials that can be recycled – they may not have realised that drinks cartons are made fro card – see tetrapak website. The lids keep out the rain, keep the waste clean – making handling easier – and stop animals digging around.
Slide 4 – Cans could be stored better if they are crushed. They are further sorted into steel and aluminium in the factory [using a magnet]. Animal food is now often offered in sachets – more expensive, convenient but unable to re-cycle.
Slide 5 – The tops of plastic bottles can’t be recycled as recovery is too complex. At the moment mainly drinks bottles can be reclaimed, the type of plastic is often embossed on the bottom but they are not profitable to collect from doorsteps. Automated plants recycle the plastic to make things such as fleece jackets.
Slide 6 – Glass is sorted by colour – white, green and brown. Usually it contains grocery products which need to be re-sealed but have moderate shelf lives. Increasingly these are being replaced with squeezy plastic containers. Not a problem if they are re-filled.
Slide 7 – Most paper comes as post or newspapers. You cant recycle envelopes with windows and if you join the Mailing preference service should reduce posted advertising. You can recycle it everywhere, including school but if you use the plain reverse side use can be reduced by 50%. Card must be separated
Slide 8 makes the point that a wide variety of bottles are generated by drinking alcohol especially at Christmas and during he summer. Alternatives such as boxes of beer and wine use much less glass.
Slide 9 encourages you to make recycling attractive and accessible to all – including your guests
Slide 10 – reiterates that card can also be recycled – about a wheelie bin full per term. It needs to separated and often take by personal car to the recycle depot although some paper bins will take both – ask your operator as the signage is often wrong. Boxes are much easier if they are separated at the seams and folded flat.
Slide 11 – Your old dustbin could make an excellent recycling depot of your own
Slide 12 – the three wheelie bins were all abandoned, the tubs had chlorine for a local swimming pool, old milk crate, shopping basket and horse feed tub – all reused
Slide 13 – the basket sits in the kitchen and is used to carry out the recycling to eventually sort.
Slide 14 – introduces the concept of linking food to carbon use – food miles
Slide 15 finishes with seven local vegetables – Brussels sprouts, potatoes [new and old], leeks, turnip/swede, parsnip, carrots and parsnip. All are stored inside the kitchen door.