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Waste Recycling

Waste has a huge negative impact on the environment. Out of sight, out of mind, they say. But think about just how much waste we produce each week. Do we even have enough space within the ecosphere for all the waste we produce? Where does it all go?

Recycling is one of the best ways that you can have positive impact on the world in which we live (Recycling Guide, 2003); this is because:

The amount of waste is increasing all the time:

  • •   Each day we buy more things — create more waste
  • •   Increasing populations — more people create waste
  • •   Many products are made from materials that are not biodegradable

 

Recycling helps curb the impacts of waste on the environment:

  • •   It reduces the pollution caused by waste
  • •   It reduces the need for raw materials
  • •   It requires much less energy to recycle and therefore helps to preserve natural resources

 

Recycling at Heide helps reduce the carbon footprint on site. All rubbish is separated into recyclables and general rubbish and collected weekly. ‘Think before you print’ culture minimises paper usage and double-sided printing is the default setting for all printers. Organic waste is composted and fallen or dead branches on the property are made into mulch, all used to replenish and revitalise the soil. Recycling also exists in some of the smaller garden features across Heide that utilise reclaimed timber sleepers, probably previously used as retaining walls elsewhere on the site (Heide Museum of Modern Art, n.d.). See if you can spot these.

  • Focus questions:
  • What are the impacts of rubbish and waste on the environment? Give examples.
  • What are some ways that you can recycle; what can be recycled?
  • How does recycling benefit the environment?
  • How does recycling contribute to sustainable living?
  • What are the economic advantages of recycling?
  • What do you personally or in your school or community do to contribute to recycling?
  • How could this be improved to be even more effective?
  • How could you reduce the amount of waste you produce?

 

References:

Heide Museum of Modern Art. (n.d.). Heide education resource: Heide sustainability art trail. Melbourne, Australia: Heide Museum of Modern Art.

Recycling Guide. (2003). Recycling is important. Accessed 1st Nov, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/importance.html