On Thursday this week we had a visit from Kirsten Juniper from Dorset Waste Partnership, who came to Sharks and provided a morning of activities relating to our topic 'Rubbish and Recycling'
We learnt about how to reduce, reuse and recycle in order to decrease the amount of waste which goes to landfill. The class looked at a timeline of how long it takes materials to rot away in a landfill site. We learnt some very interesting facts ....
How long it takes for items to decompose at a landfill site :
5 - 10 years - Crisps Packet
50 - 100 years - Cardboard
100 - 300 years - Disposable Nappies
300 - 500 years - Tin Can
1,000 - 5,000 - Motor Oil
5,000 - 1,000,000 - Glass
The final activity was to make our own compost 'bins'. In order to do this we got a see through plastic 2l bottle and filled it with a layer of green material (these are things like vegetable peelings, fruit waste, tea bags and grass cuttings). This is followed by a layer of brown material such as eggshells, eggboxes, scrunched up newspaper, small dry twigs and hay/straw. We then sprinkled a small amouth of compost and then built up the green and brown layers again. We repeated the layers until the bottle was about 3/4 full. We then sprinkled a few drops of water (for moisture) and covered the top. Now we can watch the composting happen over the next couple of months.
Also this week we had a special assembly with a lady from the NSPCC, we talked about speaking out and keeping safe!