National Recycling Week - Collaborative Consumption Project

National Recycling Week - Collaborative Consumption Project

Lesson 3 of 3 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 10
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
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Lesson summary

This activity encourages students to take action for National Recycling Week at their school and in their community. Students learn about ‘collaborative consumption’, plan a project and put a small collaborative consumption project into action with the goal of creating less waste at school by sharing things with each other, which may include time and skills as well as physical items.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the impact of over-consumption on the environment and on society
  • devise a trading/sharing system.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. 

General capabilities: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding.

Time needed: 60+ minutes – this activity can be extended over several sessions

Resources required

  • Internet access
  • Student worksheet


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Community engagement
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving

Additional info

Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week started in 1996 to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. This highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiative. It also gives people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school. In partnership with Planet Ark, we have developed lessons from early learning through to year 10 to help educators bring these important topics into the classroom.

National Recycling Week is held in the second week of November each year but you can recycle all year-round with these lessons which were designed to be used at any time. Click here to find out more about National Recycling Week and the Schools Recycle Right Challenge. 

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