We Throw This Away Or Fix It?
- Adapted from A-Way With
Waste: A Waste Management Curriculum for Schools, 2nd ed.
- by State of Washington,
Dept of Ecology
- Back to Trash Goes to School
- GRADE LEVELS:
- SUBJECT AREAS:
industrial arts, horticulture, Vo-Tec
Durable repairable items are better then disposables.
Students will learn simple repair techniques in order to extend
the life of useful equipment and reduce the use of natural resources,
the loss of energy, and the cost of landfilling.
- broken tool
durable, rivet, peen, planned obsolescence
Today's world is a fast paced throw-away society. Industry provides
us with disposables rather than durable goods. We throw things
away rather than fixing them or giving them to a needy family.
Discuss choices that students can make when buying things. Better
quality items are more economical in the long term because they
last (i.e., appliances, good tools, clothes, radios, stereos).
- 1. Collect broken tools.
- a. Ask students to donate broken tools
from home or from friends.
b. Put an ad in the local paper stating that you are collecting
old tools for educational purposes. (Beware, you may be flooded
with tools. It may be helpful to be specific about what types
of tools you want.)
c. Look through junk stores and garage sales for fixable items.
- 2. Assess the damage to the tool or
appliance to see if it is affordable to fix it.
- 3. Buy or make handles for tools you
have received with broken handles.
4. For more extensive repairs, the use of the school shop equipment
may be needed. Most repairs can be made using pliers, hammer,
drill, files, and a saw.
- Example of tool repair: Shovel with
- Buy a new handle, making sure a rivet
is included. Burn out the remainder of the handle and drill out
the rivet that holds it. Line up the new handle and shove it
as far as you can into the hole of the blade. Then, place the
handle on a wood block and drive the blade down with another
woodblock until you get a tight fit. Drill through the rivet
hole and insert the rivet and peen the end down.
- List some of the tools that are thrown
away that could be repaired.
- What is "planned obsolescence"?
How is the concept related to waste?
- Collect old bikes or lawn mowers and
old parts to see how many working items you have in the end.
Then sell them, use them, or provide them to needy children.
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