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Lesson 4 – recycling right – contamination

Teachers in Surrey can download this lesson plan on recycling right – contamination for free. The lesson plan is part of a suite of four produced in collaboration with the Young People’s Trust for the Environment. The lessons, which ideally should be delivered in sequence but also work as standalone lessons, are aimed at children in Upper Key Stage 2 (years 5 and 6).

This lesson plan includes a slide presentation (Powerpoint) and a guide document that has notes to use in conjunction with the slides, discussion points and suggested activities for each lesson (Word).

The lesson:

  • Teaches children about the resources and energy that go into the production of goods.
  • Explains that when items are recycled it means using less of these resources, which can help reduce the speed of climate change and save councils money.
  • Shows that if the wrong items are put into recycling bins, it can mean a whole truckload of good recycling can’t be recycled.
  • Details how much waste is put into the wrong bin and what the most common items people are confused about are.
  • Gives five hacks to help people in Surrey make sure they are recycling right.

Download Lesson 4 – recycling right – contamination now.