Did you know that the world generates 2.01 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste annually? Of that 2.01 billion tons at least 33 percent or more is not managed in an environmentally safe manner. It comes as no surprise then that the consequences of climate change haunt us. The alarming case of climate change demands among other things, the need to find measures to reduce and manage the waste we create daily. Waste management is thus one of the most important topics that we need to discuss with kids. Reduction, reusing and recycling can potentially reduce the emission of greenhouse gases created through mass production and the burning of fossil fuels.
Waste management refers to the actions requires to manage waste. It encompasses the collection and disposal of waste in a manner that helps ensure the proper functioning of the world. Recycle, reuse and reduce are termed as the three R’s of waste management. It is a plan that involves recycling, reusing and reducing the waste materials and the harms that it carries. It is essential to know the different types of waste materials before attempting to recycle or reuse them. There are several types of wastes generated. These can be medical waste, radioactive waste, animal waste, debris, agricultural wastes, and so on. The following exercises are meant for students to learn about the different types of waste materials and how they can be used to reduce their harm.
In the following worksheet, students have to separate and differentiate between the waste items and decide which one is best suited for the task. They have to look at the pictures given in the sheets and determine whether the items go in the recycling bin, compost bin, or as general waste materials. Once done, they’ll have to cut out the pictures individually and then paste them into the columns in the next sheet.
Download the worksheet and guide the students through the exercise to help them grow up to be responsible beings.
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