In our modern life we have become consumers of many goods. A lot of resources are used to produce products that will please and attract the consumer. Things are also made in such a way that we have to replace them frequently. In this linear production process waste is produced at all the stages. This waste needs to be disposed of and this often happens to the detriment of the natural environment. In contrast with this linear process, a natural cycle is followed. In nature all animal or plant waste gets transformed into nutrients.
In South Africa most of the waste that we produce is taken away by the municipality to be buried in a landfill. This process costs a lot of money, uses a lot of energy, and the landfills fill up very quickly. Sometimes the waste is poisonous or hazardous.
Closer to home in Mamelodi we have a huge problem with informal dumping sites. Informal waste collectors come to these sites to collect waste in very harsh and inhumane conditions. There is also the burning of waste, which causes a lot of air pollution.
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|Meet our waste characters in the puppet show, and learn about the three R’s of recycling and a healthy environment.||Grade 3||Life Skills and Languages|
|A drama explores the route of a resource from its source till where it is disposed in the landfill. Learn about waste shapes.||Grade 4||NST , Maths, Languages|
|In nature waste is equals to food, buy back centre, waste put to work||Grade 5||NST, Maths, Languages|
|Volume and mass of waste, Reducing of waste, what happens at a landfill site||Grade 6||NST, LO, Arts and Culture|
|Renewable and non renewable resources, concept of sustainability||Grade 7||NS, SS|
|Ecological footprint, follow the production of a product from its origin to its disposal,||Grade 9||SS|