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Understanding Landfill Engineering & The Impact of Landfills


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Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment

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In this lesson, students explore the components of a landfill, focusing on how landfill liners prevent leaks and learning how solid waste is one of the causes of climate change.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn how long it takes for a plastic bottle to decompose and the importance of landfill design to protect groundwater.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn the components of landfill designs.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students experiment with different materials to find out which material is best at preventing water leakage and relate the experiment to landfill engineering.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Explain how solid waste is one of the causes of climate change.
  • Discuss a few solutions for reducing solid waste.
  • Design an experiment to learn about the importance of landfill engineering to reduce groundwater pollution.

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Solid Waste Management_ New Environmental Engineer Needed on Oahu.pdf

Lesson Plan
October 25, 2023
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