This activity tests your recycling prowess! Are you a super recycler? Recycling is just one way that plastic can be kept out of the waste stream. However, with 39 recycling schemes in place in just the UK, do you know what can be recycled and what can’t?
Recycling is one of the 6 Rs that help to reduce plastic waste and its impact on the environment, but it is actually the least favourable option at the moment. It is much better to reduce, refuse or reuse plastic if you can.
Recycling technologies are improving, but they still involve energy and resources. The recycled plastic is also likely to be of a lower quality than its original form, meaning it can only be used for lower grade purposes and may become waste quite quickly.
With nearly 40 domestic recycling schemes in place in the UK, it can also be hard to know what should be placed in the recycling bin and what should not.
This activity will help you to improve your recycling knowledge and skills. Try investigating how well you are currently recycling by taking the local recycling challenge. Then see how much you know about recycling with the quiz!
Try monitoring the amount of plastic you use every week that cannot be recycled using the Plastic bin weigh-in activity.
To develop learning further try some of the full lessons from the Ocean Plastics Academy. There are lessons for all ages 5 to 14. From Ocean Plastics Cross-curricular | Ages 5-7, try the lesson Where are plastics?. For older primary students aged 7 to 11, use lessons What can I do? Part one and Part two . For ages 11 to 14, use the geography aligned lessons, How we deal with all the plastic waste? and The global journey of plastic waste.
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