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Turning tractors into hoes


Brainstorm a list of things regularly found at council waste disposal sites (e.g. old bicycles, lawnmowers, prams and fridges). Under new European Union legislation, many of these items (along with cars) will have to be carefully disassembled rather than dumped in landfill sites. This should lead to many more opportunities for recycling.
Divide into groups and try to think of many ways as possible of using all or parts of one of these items to make a new, recycled product.

DMAs (resistant materials)
Bring in a selection of items from your waste bins at home. Pool them into a class recycling store. Using the waste materials you have collected, design and make a recycled product.

Design and make a simple piece of garden or kitchen equipment from recycled metal.

DMA (graphic products)
Design a range of glassware that can be made from recycled glass. You will need to research glass moulding techniques, suitable sizes for different sorts of glass, and possible markets.

DMA (textiles)
Design and make something useful from an old item of clothing that you would otherwise throw away.

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