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No More Tips or Dumps

Welcome to No More Tips or Dumps - exploring modern engineered landfills and energy parks. This field trip is supported by The Ministry of Education/Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga and Waste Management. The field trip is from 20-22 March 2018. Enrol now.


Ever looked closely at what you consume? How much do you know about the 5 R's - reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, and residual management? Some of the 5 R's are a matter of personal responsibility and good citizenship. Some of them are carried out by organisations who nowadays follow strict 21st century environmental practices on a large scale. On this 2018 field trip you will find out more about the 5 R's when you follow Waste Management's Auckland operations that include recycling and Redvale, New Zealand's largest facility, which combines waste management and energy production in its landfill. 

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Redvale Landfill and Energy Park is located 30 kilometres from Auckland CBD. It is on the site of an old lime quarry. Half of the Auckland region's domestic, commercial and industrial waste ends up at Redvale, and it receives waste from many other parts of both the North and South Island. Redvale's capture of landfill gas for use in power generation has helped make it an innovative, award winning facility.

Field Trip Plan

  • Planning Sequence: an example of how primary schools can make use of all field trip components for a 3-day virtual field trip - Word (652k) | PDF (311k) | Google Doc.
Monday 19 March

Travel day: Join Andrew and the ambassadors as they make their way to Auckland to begin the field trip. During the journey, Andrew takes the chance to photograph and talk about some of the interesting features of the trip.

Tuesday 20 March

Theme for todayInputs - Take a look around the landfill to get your bearings. Take a closer look at recyclables, and find out how you can become a more resposible consumer to reduce our landfill inputs.

Wednesday 21 March

Theme for today: Landfill Processes - managing rainwater, leachate, landfill gas (LFG) production, plus capturing and utilising LFG for renewable energy.

Thursday 22 March

Theme for today: Outputs - sustainable electricity and powering electric vehicle's, odour control, eggplants, plus visit a school next door to the landfill.


What's New

Monday 19 February

The LEARNZ Team think that joining the NZASE and staying connected through the NZ Science Teacher will help you become a better teacher of science.

Tuesday 13 March

Meet the field trip ambassadors

Tuesday 27 March

Field trip participants shared the Boomerang Bags website - where volunteers from all walks of life get together to make re-useable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags.