Landfills and Recycling

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Examine the nature of landfills through experimentation. Scholars build miniature landfills and monitor changes over a six-week period. Observations allow individuals to draw conclusions about the different types of trash and their impact in the landfill.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have each group use different substances in their landfills for comparison
  • Prior to the lesson, ask individuals to research the local landfill design and procedures
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires time to set up the lab materials prior to the lesson

  • Includes a report form to analyze the results of the experiment
  • Begins with an explanation of the basics of landfills so learners have a better foundation before beginning

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