Recycling Rules: Understanding Recycling and a MRF
Mar 21 2011
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Source: Keep America Beautiful
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Summary Information

Keywords:

Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), waste stream, separation, sorting, recycling
Topic: 
Earth Science
Physical Science

Target Grade (Ages):

Grade 6 (Ages 11-12)

Estimated Time Required:

1-2 hours

Diversity Indicators:

This lesson is appropriate for all learners.

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Comments

shaouy's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

Very valuable article.

Very valuable article.
admin's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

Fantastic

Fantastic
pbell's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

One takes refuge disposal for

One takes refuge disposal for granted - recycling is becoming more popular but what happens when it leaves us is a mystery. I have taken a group to a sewage plant but that seems to offend sensibilities and coach travel is so expensive. We belong to the 'Adopt A Beach' Scheme where each year group goes to the beach (20' walk from school) and clean our designated part- discussed marine biology and food chains/classification; taken part in water safety demonstrations (so important if you live near water); created seashore art based on Andy Goldsworthy; looked at water transport and propulsion etc - great fun. We have taken part in surveys of the rubbish found and created graphs from the results (using actual objects for scale to bar and line graphs) but have not thought of MRFs. Shall certainly look into it. I like the adaptation of techniques to the classroom - actually doing to reinforce the theory. Thank you.
Tess's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

I thought that when I use

I thought that when I use this lesson, my students can use sequencing to show the processess. Good lesson.
minnapark's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

A great lesson that ties in

A great lesson that ties in with conservation of resources. Getting students to understand the different processes at MRFs will make them more aware of the time and effort needed to go through trash, and hopefully will make them more conscious about recycling as well.
aprilluv4's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

I like the how the lesson is

I like the how the lesson is visual and hands on. I agree with other comments, students should have an idea that recycling takes effort, time and resources. Also, this lesson lends itself to further research on conservation and maybe even a recycling center design contest.
coffeeholicat's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

It's a good lesson... what is

It's a good lesson... what is the recommended time length of this lesson? How long will this lesson take? I love how it brings awareness to recycling and how it's done (MRF). The only concern is time... Will teachers have enough time in the curriculum to spend significant amount of time on this topic to make an impact?
Adelisi's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

I cannot wait to use this

I cannot wait to use this lesson in my class. Last year for Earth day, we read Oprah's article, "The deadly truth about trash." My students were shocked to hear about how much trash humans produce and were amazed to learn about where it all goes. I definitely want to try this lesson out this year for Earth day. It's so important for our students to understand the methods of recycling. Very creative lesson!
evelyn74's picture

March 17, 2012 - 10:57am

Recycling Rules: Understanding Recycling and MRF

This is an excellent lesson because it is subject that students are familiar with regardless of if they recycle or not. The lesson goals were clear and concise likewise the introduction to stem. I really enjoyed the background information because it provided students with scaffolding. Also, materials are familiar to students. Students were able to practice and record predictions, students were able to do the experiment. However, I feel that while this was a great lesson, it did not have all the components of a stem design.
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