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Term 1 starting 20 March 2018.

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Ever looked closely at what you consume? How much do you know about the 5 R's - reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, and residual management? Some of the 5 R's are a matter of personal responsibility and good citizenship. Some of them are carried out by organisations who nowadays follow strict 21st century environmental practices on a large scale. On this 2018 field trip you will find out more about the 5 R's when you follow Waste Management's Auckland operations that include recycling and Redvale, New Zealand's largest facility, which combines waste management and energy production in its landfill.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • The 5 R's of Waste Management
  • Recycling
  • The Carbon Cycle
  • What happens to organics and green waste?
  • Decomposition and methane gas
  • Closing the loop - collecting methane gas to generate electricity
  • Electric cars and trucks
  • The environment and modern landfills
  • How Redvale is using natural resources to line its modern landfill
  • Restoration, sustainability and the life of a modern landfill.

During this field trip you will:

  • See Andrew's tweets on twitter
  • Sort rubbish into different bins
  • Follow kerbside collection to a transfer station
  • Go for a ride in an electric vehicle
  • Be inducted and get kitted out so you can enter the working area of the landfill
  • Inspect the network of pipes in the landfill, used to collect methane gas from organic waste
  • Learn how and why Redvale is helping to grow eggplants
  • Visit the on-site generators to find out how they make electricity
  • Measure the amount of electricity generated from landfill material
  • Look at the total energy balance of the Redvale landfill and energy park
  • Determine how Redvale is providing energy to the national grid
  • Learn how the community are involved at Redvale
  • Find out about "Living Earth" compost

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Start recycling or revisit your recycling practices
  • Get more informed about organics and inorganics
  • Review the materials and ingredients of your purchases and assess how easily they recycle or break down
  • Reflect on the amount of organics or green waste you produce
  • Find out more about your local landfill
  • Influence at least one other person to improve the way they behave as a citizen in recycling and dealing with organics or green waste
  • Assess your carbon footprint and your energy use

Where you will go

During this virtual field trip to Auckland, you will follow Waste Management's Auckland operations that include recycling. You will also visit New Zealand's largest facility at Redvale, which combines waste management and energy production in its landfill.

Teacher comments about similar field trips

"This field trip was well pitched to my class level, informative and kept the students engaged. The field trip and its sustainability theme supports all learning areas of the curriculum, especially science and social studies." Kaye Gilman from Paraparaumu School

"I have been running an online class with my Social Studies class. The virtual field trip enabled the students to utilise a variety of tools and learning medium to enhance their learning. Linked with the topic of Sustainability extremely well." Kersty Millar from Reporoa College

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Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-4, Physical World Level 2, Material World Level 2; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-5; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5, Continuity and Change Levels 2-4, Economic World Levels 2-4; Technology Levels 2-4

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Auckland, business, carbon cycle, catchment, changing values, chemical reactions, consequences of consumption, ecosystems, electric vehicles, electricity, electric generation, energy, environment, geology, GPS, green waste, land use, landfill, methane, plastics, resource use, restoration, risk management, rubbish, sustainability, technological innovation, transport, waste, water quality