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Plotting Against Waste

Waste generation accompanies all human activities. It is produced by households, institutions and businesses, and through demolition and construction activities. It can occur in solid, liquid and gaseous forms and, if not disposed of appropriately, can significantly impact the environment.

In this activity, students collect litter from their local community. They sort, count and analyse the litter that is collected, calculate the percentage frequency of collected litter types and represent this data using a pie chart. Students could also plot the location of litter on a map of their chosen collection site using a grid reference system, for example by drawing a grid reference over a map of the school grounds.

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