2b Oct 22 - Waste Audit
Explore the waste our household creates, and what improvements could be made to reduce your waste.
- Get familiar with what is or isn't recyclable in your community by exploring Recycle BC's resources including their PDF printout. As well as Recycle BC's home recycling resources.
- Find out where the closest Return It location is to you for any refundable containers found.
- Find out some of the items commonly contaminating BC Recycling in this CBC News segment.
- Designing the audit
- Decide which bins to use for your 24 hours of collection and where you will perform your audit. You will need an open space that can get a bit messy. A tarp may be used to mitigate this.
- Collect Materials: safety gloves (latex, gardening etc.), paper and pencil, camera (opt.), weight scale (opt.).
- Empty your bin(s) for collection and alert household of your collection bin for the next 24 hours.
- After 24 hours has passed, collect the waste and recycling from designated bins.
- Conduct the sorting! *Be sure to keep the products from the waste bin(s) and the recycling bin(s) separate. *
- As you sort the waste and recycling, keep track of the most common items found in your sample.
- Once you have separated each bin into the four categories, weigh and record each subcategory.
- Calculate your results.
- Dispose of waste accordingly and clean up!
- What patterns/behaviours did your data show?
- What were the most common types of waste you found?
- Were there any items that were in the wrong bin? Ex. Recyclable items in the trash.
- What easy steps could your household adopt to improve/limit your trash and waste?
Post your thoughts in the form of a blog (please title your blog as follows; Name - Activity (ex. Daphne - Waste Audit). Afterwards, check back at others' posts!
Optional Extension Activities:
- Design/create your own labels or signs to help your household recycle appropriate items into their bins at home.
- Discuss a better recycling stations and/or bins with your household to create
- Become familiar with households’ environmental impacts.
- Record and interpret data.
- Share/express personal connection/impacts on nature.
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