Scotland’s Environment – Waste
The link below directs you to an interactive collection of data and interactive maps displaying household waste in Scotland. It provides graphs, tables and maps which can be shown for different geographical regions within Scotland. The different waste data can be accessed by using the tabs at the top of the page.
This could be a useful tool in a geography lesson. Pupils could be asked to compare two councils and their waste management systems by looking at the content within this webpage including waste generated per person and waste recycled per person. Pupils could discuss reasons why they believe that waste generated/recycled per person varies between the two areas. This may include infrastructure differences (i.e. it could be argued that remote islands may have less waste management infrastructure) or potential attitudes (those who are educated on the importance of waste management may be more likely to recycle) etc. Once pupils have compared two areas and discussed the reasons why they believe one has better waste management than the other, they could be asked to discuss how councils/government/people could improve waste management in an area.
Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan
Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for a zero waste society. This vision describes a Scotland where all waste is seen as a resource; waste is minimised; valuable resources are not disposed of in landfills, and most waste is sorted, leaving only limited amounts to be treated. This plan provides the Scottish context of what we are trying to do as a country to tackle the issue.
A relatable discussion topic can include the 5p plastic bag tax in Scotland. Since its introduction in 2014 there has been an 80% reduction (650 million fewer) in plastic bag usage. This saves a great amount of resource consumption and C02 related pollution but will also help protect the environment from the un-biodegradable bags. Additionally, almost £7m was raised for ‘good causes’ between 2014 and 2015. Pupils could be asked what other measures the government can consider to help reduce waste.
Zero Waste Scotland Aggregate Suppliers Directory
Provides a list and map view of aggregate suppliers in Scotland who produce aggregate material from recycled sources. Recycled aggregates use our existing materials better, displacing the need for virgin sourced product and can save significant amounts of carbon in our projects.
Waste Management During Construction
This document outlines waste management techniques on construction sites. This is a two page document suitable for both teachers and S2 upwards. Could be used by Teacher’s Module participants to complete their module, by STEM teachers trying to engage their class and provide context or by pupils as the beginning of a research study.