Waste Busters

Waste Busters is suitable for KS1 or 2. Two children holding waste items

The day starts with a teacher led introduction including learning what reuse, recycle and compost mean, the length of time different materials take to biodegrade and the danger to wildlife.

Then the children go around the Botanic Garden in small group of 'waste busters' to find different waste materials next to plants or features they come from or are connected with. For example a small bag of coffee granules by the coffee plant, a T-shirt by the cotton plant, plastic bottle by a water tap, paper by the pine tree...

Back in the classroom, the collected items are sorted into Reuse, Recycle or Compost bins and their choices discussed.

Children are given a chance to hunt for mini-beasts and link these to how compost is made. In addition they reuse a small container that they bring (such as a yoghurt pot) to plant cress.

  • Age: KS1/2
  • Numbers and Duration: One / two classes. (One class can come for a half day for the introduction and waste buster trail)
  • Availability: All year
  • Cost: £5.00 (£4.00) per child minimum charge £120 (£96) no charge is made for accompanying adults

To book please contact the Botanic Garden Education Office on 0116 271 2933 or email us.