Friday, April 24, 2009


Recycling all you can 1

So what's the problem?

Sixty-five percent of the average rubbish bag could be recycled or composted. Each month, New Zealanders dispose of enough rubbish to fill a rugby field 30 stories high. This means the portion of this that could be recycled or composted is around 20 stories high - that's a huge waste of space in our landfills and most of that rubbish won't break down for generations. What can I do about it?

In many parts of New Zealand, people are using their local recycling centres or kerbside recycling service to recycle increasing volumes of paper, plastics, glass and metals. This is reducing the amount of rubbish being dumped in our landfills and providing valuable job opportunities through the businesses involved in collecting, sorting and selling the recycled materials.

Find out how you can reduce your rubbish by reusing and recycling in the guide below.

Think about ways of reusing things before you recycle or dump them

Plastics and glass

You can wash and reuse plastic and glass containers for storage and there are many things you can do to reduce your mountain of plastic bags -

Stronger plastic bottles can be used to hold tools and nails etc in the shed. Simply cut 3 sides and leave one side longer and nail to the wall in the shed.

Textiles (rags and old clothes)

Take clothes you don't want to your local opportunity shop or put them in a clothing bin. Rags are still useful so pop them in the clothing bin as well.


Take old furniture to a second hand store, donate it to the local opportunity shop or take it to the recycling centre at your local landfill or transfer station.


Donate unwanted paint to community groups, marae or schools. If you can't find someone to use it up, let the paint dry out and recycle the container (check with your local council ,COGERSA to find out if you can do this in your area) or dispose of it with your rubbish.

- Homework: Grammar ,unit 36 , workbook pg 62,63 .
- Speaking: We spent quite a long time describing pictures and talking about the topics we were asked. It´s a very important activity for the exam and you must practise it a lot.
- Listening. pg. 82 About inventions such as disposable nappies, the dishwasher ,tipp-Ex and their inventors , a warm-up for the passive voice .
- Grammar: the passive voice . A matching exercise of subjects, verbs and objects. The rules were inferred and we went on to the Grammar Bank on pg. 138 to do some exercises . Then grammars, unit 21 to see rules more in detail.
- Reading and vocabulary. pg 83 . A passage with more inventions . the reading had to be completed with a past participle.
- Homework: Description of a picture, Grammar, unit 21, the exercises and workbook pg. 64 ,65.


- Homework :Grammar ,units 86,88 about quantifiers. I was a bit cross because nobody had done the reading activity on St. book, pg 73.

- Speaking. a debate for and against the killing of animals. You did it quite well, but remember to use the expressions from the handout I gave you to express opinions, agree and disagree.

- Grammar Bank: pg. 139 rules and exercises.

- Listening: st. book pg.74 About childhood mamories with adjectives ending in -ing and -ed.

- Grammar and speaking: a handout dealing with this topic to make sure you understood the point.

- Homework: Description of a picture, the reading you didn´t do on st. book, pg73 and grammar, unit 98