Garbage Takes Up Space – Our Recycling Experiment

What happens to trash that is not recycled? Students were asked this questioned and learned that tires are one of many items that do not always get recycled and take up a large amount of space at the landfill. Tires can sit there for thousands of years and they don’t break down. We learned how recycling can reduce the amount of trash in landfills. After reading Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter and watching a video about how tires get recycled, we completed our own experiment!

Each group started with a clear cup half full of cheerios, which represented tires. The group drew a line on the cup to document the height of the ‘tires’.

Each student took a turn smashing the cheerios into crumbs and noticed how they reduced the amount of tires by breaking them down.

 

 

 

 

With the amount of tires reduced, students mixed the crumbs together with a few other ingredients to form roads. We discussed other uses for recycled tires too!

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