Friday, 15 June 2012

What a Load of Rubbish!

 Today we read about Sommerville’s Wrapper Free Wednesday and it got us thinking… Just how much rubbish does our school create in a day? We decided to find out how much rubbish goes into our bins after a typical morning tea. Some of the Neinsteins went out and collected all of the wrappers and, bags and gladwrap from morning tea. Some children could not give us any as their food was packed into plastic containers instead of being wrapped up.
We were surprised by the results  so we researched a little bit further and found out to our horror that gladwrap can take 1000 years to decompose, foil will take 100 years and paper takes about 2-6 weeks.

This maths inquiry is going to turn into a mini inquiry. We have asked ourselves "So What?" Now that we know this, what will we do about it?  

By the Neinsteins, Dunedin NZ


  1. Cool presentation! We look forward to reading more about what you find out with your inquiry learning. Thanks for contributing to the pass-it-on blog too! From Room 14, PVS

  2. Hi,
    I think it's awesome that you've taken an interest in how much rubbish goes through the bins at your school and that you're thinking about helping the enviroment. With all the excess rubbish, you could maybe build something. Of course you'd wash the rubbish first but you could make alot of stuff with all that rubbish. I'll message you if I have any more ideas!

    From Sammmiiee at Tawa Intermediate, Wellington.

  3. To Room 14

    That sounds like some interesting research you have been doing but it's all worth it don't you think because I mean it's all going to a really good cause to save the planet.

    I remember last year in room 13 at Tawa Intermediate School two girls did the same sort of thing for our graphs in maths but theirs was about how much rubbish there is at morning tea and lunch.
    You guys rock and keep up the good work.

    From Brittany
    Tawa Intermediate, Wellington, Room 15

  4. Hi Room 14
    That is really cool all the reasearch you guys have done to find that out.
    It's really shocking that gladwrap takes 1000 years to decompose. I always bring my lunch to school in pastic containers so that I don't have lots of rubbish. I always have some fruit peel, but that is biodegradible and doesn't take too long to decompose.

    From Helen
    Tawa Intermediate, Wellington

  5. Hi room 14,

    That's a cool presentation and I am gonna start using paper bags or reusable containers.

    And it's good you did all that research and I am not gonna want my great grandchild to live with that mess.

    Bye Stephen