National Recycling Week - Introducing Australia's New Recycling Labels

National Recycling Week - Introducing Australia's New Recycling Labels

Lesson 1 of 5 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Technology
  • Design and Technologies
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson is designed to introduce your students to the new recycling labelling system, the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) scheme using a flipped classroom.

In this lesson, students explore the role of packaging labelling in recycling. Students begin by looking at what is currently happening with recycling and how issues like contamination can reduce recycling rates. They are then introduced to the ARL and investigate food package labelling in their own homes.

This lesson is a flipped classroom, where students learn new content 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. This lesson can be used to develop prior knowledge in preparation for this lesson: Exploring Australia’s New Recycling Labels.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the relationship between packaging labelling and recycling
  • recognise the Australasian Recycling Label.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • work independently to complete tasks in their own time
  • respond to video and written information
  • collect data and analyse results
  • reflect on own behaviours
  • make recommendations and provide justification for their recommendations.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum Content descriptions: 

Years 7 & 8 Design and Technology:

  • Investigate the ways in which products, services and environments evolve locally, regionally and globally and how competing factors including social, ethical and sustainability considerations are prioritised in the development of technologies and designed solutions for preferred futures (ACTDEK029)

Years 7 & 8 Design and Technology:

  • Critically analyse factors, including social, ethical and sustainability considerations, that impact on designed solutions for global preferred futures and the complex design and production processes involved (ACTDEK040)

Syllabus outcomes: T4.1.2, T4.1.3, T4.4.1, T4.6.2, D&T5.3, D&T5.3.2

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8

Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 Design and Technologies achievement standards: Students explain factors that influence the design of product packaging, services and environments to meet present and future needs

Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 Design and Technologies achievement standards: Students explain how people working in design and technologies occupations consider factors that impact on design decisions and the technologies used to produce products, services and environments

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work National Recycling Week 7 & 8

Time required: 30 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – this lesson should be completed in students’ own time

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

  • adaptability
  • critical thinking
  • 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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