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Little Landfill

Two 40-minute sessions plus five minutes per day for five days and one final 10-minute discussion

In this lesson, students learn that waste does not just go away after it is thrown in a trash can; it ends up in a landfill or a dump, or it is burned. Each of these systems solves the problem of getting the waste out of sight, but each also creates new problems along the way. As a result, many communities are adopting a zero-waste vision for the future, which involves rethinking how much waste we create and what happens to it. Students explore these concepts and how waste is handled differently in different places. Then they conduct a scientific simulation of a landfill to answer this question: Which kind of waste lasts longer in a landfill—organic waste or inorganic waste?

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