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WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Resources

Electrical gadgets are the UK’s fastest growing source of waste. This series of lessons aims to get children thinking about the gadgets we own, their impact on the environment and how they can take action.

Browse through the lessons below or download the whole series as a zip file.

New for Waste Week 2016

 

 

Click here to download the new E-Waste information pack for Waste Week 2016 .

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Linked films

The films below explore how mixed electrical items and and TVs are recycled and can be used alongside the lessons or to introduce the topic in assembly.

 

 

The mixed waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) process.

 

 

The television recycling process.

1. What electrical equipment do we use in our everyday lives?

 

Activity Description Linked Films Curriculum Links

Pupils identify and discuss types of electronic items used in the home and carry out an investigation to work out the average number of gadgets per household. 

WEEE recycling film

Television recycling film

Citizenship

Science

English

Geography

Activity Downloads

Download session resources containing; teachers lesson plan and pupils resource sheet

 

Wastebuster top tip: if you liked this lesson, how about trying the Eco-Schools lesson Museum Curators 3001 AD as a follow up?

2. What happens to the electrical gadgets we throw away?

 

Activity Description Linked Films Curriculum Links

Pupils discuss what happens to old electrical gadgets when they are thrown away and are introduced to the “WEEE man” a giant sculpture created from unwanted electrical. Pupils then create their own recycling word-web to record what they know about recycling.

 

WEEE recycling film

Television recycling film

Citizenship

Science

English

Geography

Activity Downloads

Download session resources containing; teachers lesson plan, pupils resource and slideshow

 

Wastebuster top tip: There are some great extension suggestions in this lesson, such as creating stories about the WEEE man.

3. What is electrical equipment made from?

Activity Description Linked Films Curriculum Links

Pupils work in groups to learn about product life cycles and complete an exercise to put the stages of a mobile phone life cycle in order. They then come up with ideas on how we could reduce the number of phones thrown away. Suggestions for simplifying the exercises for younger children are included.

 

WEEE recycling film

Television recycling film

Citizenship

Science

English

Geography

Activity Downloads

Download session resources containing; teachers lesson plan and pupils resource sheets

 

Wastebuster top tips: After introducing the idea of product life cycles to your pupils, show them this great short video on the life cycle of a milk bottle.

Your pupils could then explore The Ellen Macarthur Foundation website “How we make stuff” to learn more about product life cycles

4. How can we get more people to recycle?

Activity Description Linked Films Curriculum Links

Pupils investigate different ways of campaigning and plan and carry out their own campaign to get people recycling electrical equipment.

 

WEEE recycling film

Television recycling film

Citizenship

English

Geography

Activity Downloads

Download session resources containing; teachers lesson plan and pupils resource sheets

 

Wastebuster top tip: Get your class to use their campaign materials in an assembly for the whole school to explain that you are going to hold a collection day. You may want to show the Busta and Pong recycling song at the end!

5. What have we achieved and what have we learnt?

Activity Description Linked Films Curriculum Links

Pupils are encouraged to reflect on what they have learnt, what they enjoyed and what they would like to know more about. They also reflect on the campaign they carried out in lesson 4 and learn more about effective campaigning and what motivates people to change

WEEE recycling film

Television recycling film

Citizenship

English

Activity Downloads

Download session resources containing; teachers lesson plan, pupils resource and slideshow

 

Wastebuster top tips: After introducing the idea of product life cycles to your pupils, show them this great short video on the life cycle of a milk bottle.

Your pupils could then explore The Ellen Macarthur Foundation website “How we make stuff” to learn more about product life cycles

Meet Walter WEEE

 

 

 

 

You may also want to visit the Kids Bin to find out about electrical and electronic equipment waste with the help of Walter WEEE.

Resources developed in partnership with Waste Watch: http://www.wastewatch.org.uk/