Sources of Plastic Waste in the Environment

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Identify the biggest plastic waste producing countries in the world
  • Identify the biggest plastic waste producing industries in the world
  • Analyze data on sources of plastic waste and make informed conclusions

Curriculum Connections

Grade 9 Unit C: Environmental Chemistry
  • 1 - Investigate and describe, in general terms, the role of different substances in the environment in supporting or harming humans and other living things
Biology 20, 30 All Units
  • STS outcome (science, technology and society): explain how science and technology have both intended and unintended consequences for humans and the environment
Grade 9 Geography
  • C3. Industries and Economic Development: assess the relative importance of different industrial sectors to the Canadian economy and Canada’s place in the global economy, and analyse factors that influence the location of industries in these sectors (FOCUS ONL Spatial Significance; Patterns and Trends)
  • E1. The Sustainability of Human Systems: analyse issues relating to the sustainability of human systems in Canada (FOCUS ON: Interrelationships; Geographic Perspective) 

Length of Activity

1.5 - 2 hours

Materials List

  • Internet-enabled device
  • Plastics in the Environment backgrounder
  • Eco 360 notebook (we recommend asking learners to maintain a notebook for this program to write down reflections as they go through the program)
  • Sources of Plastic Waste Worksheet

Online Lesson Format