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Day 1

1. Welcome to Redvale Landfill and Energy Park

Tim Brake gives you an overview of Redvale Landfill and Energy Park. What are some features that surprise you? Why? How is this different to landfills you may have seen in the past?

2. Which bin?

You are at Rosedale Transfer Station. Tim Brake gives an overview of your responsibility when it comes to sorting waste at home or school.

3. Sort your rubbish

As you look through a pile of rubbish destined for the landfill, you may be surprised to find that not all of it should really be going there.

4. Reduce your waste

Back at Redvale Landfill, Tim Brake gives some suggestions about how you can become a responsible consumer and reduce the amount of waste you produce.

Day 2

1. Managing landfill runoff

Tim Brake takes you to an area where a new part of the landfill is being created. Here Tim describes the process where leachate collects at the bottom of the waste pile, before being pumped out to a facility that boils it off as steam using landfill gas.

2. Taking care of leachate

The landfill at Redvale is capped with a thick layer of soil to prevent rain going into the waste. In this video, you are with Tim Brake beside a pond where this rain water eventually drains to. Find out what testing is done to ensure minimal harm to the environment before this water is released into the local stream.

3. Capturing landfill gas

You will be forgiven for thinking that you have suddenly teleported to a local farm rather than being at another part of the landfill. The giveaway, however, are the yellow tops of wells you’ll see that go into the waste. Discover how these wells help to draw landfill gas away from the landfill where it is used to help generate electricity.

4. From landfill gas to electricity

You are now inside the Energy Park facility. It is in this area where landfill gas is used to power massive generators which make renewable electricity. This is a great story about sustainability!

Day 3

Powered by waste

Check out the new electric waste vehicle. What are the benefits of these new trucks? Can you think of any disadvantages?

Landfill energy for eggplants

Visit one of Redvale’s neighbours who grow a lot of eggplants. How does the landfill help these eggplants grow?

Local students talk rubbish

Meet some Enviro group students from Dairy Flat School. Hear what they have learned from another recent LEARNZ field trip and how this relates to some key messages from the week.

A not so smelly neighbour

Rubbish smells, there’s no getting around it. What is done at Redvale Landfill to ensure they don’t get up their neighbours’ noses?

For teachers

Video question sheet - Word (31k) | PDF (217k) | Google doc to use for each video (based on SOLO Taxonomy).