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Book 61: Recycling: New Uses for Rubbish

Levels: 3-4
Contextual strands: Material world icon. Material world


  • The different origins and properties of different kinds of rubbish.
  • What needs to be considered when recycling an item.

The idea of recycling unwanted materials will be familiar to most children. Many schools already have recycling schemes in place. The context of "rubbish", as covered in the companion level 1–2 book Rubbish: How Do We Deal with It? (Book 60), can be extended beyond classroom and school contexts to household and building-site rubbish, to businesses that create rubbish, and to city streets or outdoor environments.

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Recycling: New Uses for Rubbish and to the level 1–2 companion book, Rubbish: How Do We Deal with It? Book 60.

PDF icon. Read the concept overview (PDF 49 KB)

Links with other titles in the series

Gaseous "rubbish", such as air pollutants, is beyond the scope of this book but is referred to in the books on the water cycle ( Water and Weather, Book 31 ) and air ( The Air around Us, Book 30 ), and solar energy ( Solar Energy, Book 29 ).

Assessment resources

Search the science section of the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.