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National Recycling Week 2023 Teaching Resources

Bring National Recycling Week 2023 into your classroom with activities, printables, sorting games, word searches, interactive lessons, worksheets, and more teaching resources for primary school teachers. Engage students with the concept of sustainability and make recycling something they don't even have to think twice about as they learn to reduce waste for the good of their community and Australia.
The teacher team at Teach Starter has created this collection to set your classroom and your students up for success this National Recycling Week. Take a look at this primer from them to get started!

What Is National Recycling Week?

National Recycling Week was established by Planet Ark Environmental Foundation in 1996 and is a week-long event that takes place annually in Australia to promote recycling and raise awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. The event is typically held in November and includes a variety of activities such as recycling workshops, educational events, and community clean-up projects. The goal of National Recycling Week is to encourage households, businesses, and community organizations to take action to reduce their waste and improve their recycling efforts. It also provides an opportunity for our students to learn about the different types of recycling and how they can play their part in preserving the environment for future generations.

When Is National Recycling Week 2023?

National Recycling Week has been held in the second week of November every year since its inception. In 2023, the dates are 6 - 12 November.

Why Is Teaching Recycling Important?

Teaching our students about recycling helps them understand why we work to protect the environment by reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and polluting the air and water. Teaching students about recycling from a young age can help to instill the importance of being environmentally responsible and can encourage them to continue these practices as they grow older. printable recycling process classroom poster

Recycling Facts for Kids

Looking for a few recycling facts to share during your lessons this week? Here are a few facts for kids from Planet Ark:
  •  Australia is one of the most wasteful countries in the developed world, producing more waste and recycling less than most other developed nations.
  • Approximately 85% of soft plastics from bags and packaging ends up in a landfill.
  • When food rots in landfill, it lets off methane which is 25 times more potent than the C02 produced by cars.
  • Australia is the fourth highest food-wasting country — only USA, Canada, and Belgium waste more.
  • The average Australian produces nearly 22kg of e-waste per year with only 10% of this being recycled.
  • About 88% of packaging material is recyclable in Australia, however, less than 50% is actually recycled. Primarily this is due to materials either not being collected for recycling or being lost in the recovery process.
  • Bin contamination is a big problem in Australia with 84% of surveyed councils reporting people placing plastic bags in their recycling bins.
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