Bury your trash

Bury your trash
Publication Date: January, 2013
Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

This online resource details an experiment in which students learn what happens to buried rubbish.

Students bury various pieces of trash in a plotted area of land. After two to three months, they uncover the trash to investigate what types of materials biodegrade in soil.

Engineering Connection

Waste management engineers use the process of biodegredation to minimize the amount of space that landfills take up. Civil and agricultural engineers take advantage of the biodegradation process in designing waste and water treatment facilities and making soil improvements to improve crop production.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 3 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions > ACSHE051
  • Year 4 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions > ACSHE062