Back to Earth - What happens to green bin waste?

Back to Earth - What happens to green bin waste?

Lesson 3 of 13 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • English
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • History
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  • Social Action
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Lesson summary

This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • explore the relationship between waste and landfills
  • build their thinking and questioning skills.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum that relate to waste.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6, OI.7.

Time needed: 20 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently by watching the video in the Student Worksheet.

Resources required

  • Internet
  • Laptops and earphones
  • Student Worksheet

Additional info

Following these lessons plans is an ideal way for your students and the community to tune in to what happens to green waste once it is collected in a kerbside bin. The Back to Earth initiative is about connecting people with what happens to green waste once it leaves the garden, how it is processed, what it is used for at the end of this cycle and why its important to put the right things into the bin! 


Join thousands of others who have learnt about the benefits of using their green waste service correctly, for their communities and for the planet. Don’t forget to check out the Back to Earth initiative website: www.backtoearth.vic.gov.au – to learn more.

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