For primary schools, Nature centre Gorinchem developed a special teaching package on sustainability and waste and raw materials. With this teaching package, pupils can work on sustainability and waste and resource separation in the classroom. With fun lessons and activities, they learn to (sub)separate different waste and raw material streams. And the children learn how waste and raw materials are recycled.

All primary schools around our communities have a treasure box to work with in class. Throughout the year, they can also receive free Reserve teaching boxes at Nature Centre Gorinchem. The teaching kits allow them to explore topics in more depth. With the project 'The waste-free school', schools take up the challenge of becoming completely waste-free. This can be done by separating as many raw materials as possible, such as paper and PMD, for recycling.

Treasury (basic package)

The treasure box contains waste and resource cards and starting materials to work with in the classroom. The cards provide information on the different waste and resource streams. The box also contains tips for fun lessons.

Waste and resources cards

  • fruit, vegetable and garden waste and food waste (VGF)
  • glass
  • bulky household waste
  • small electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste)
  • plastic
  • used paper
  • textile
  • litter

Werkblad op De Wegwijzer in Hoogblokland web

On the worksheet, pupils themselves put raw materials in the right container: separate well = recycle 

Starting materials: getting started yourself

  • Buttons, beads and fabrics for a workshop Pimp your clothes! connecting to the commodity textile stream.
  • Small glass and plastic jars to create a feeler tank, following the raw material streams of glass and plastic.
  • Packaging of tea bags for a workshop Make your own postcards, connecting to the raw material stream paper.
  • A treasure hunt to see which appliances are in the home, following the raw material stream waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste).

Lesson box (additional package)

At Natuurcentrum Gorinchem, you can visit free of charge all year round the teaching kits Waste and recycling and Making paper in class borrow. The teaching kits are a deepening of the treasure box.

Teaching box Waste and recycling

In it, you will find, among other things, a fun read-aloud book about waste and resources, a memory game and various materials to build lessons around.

> Book the teaching box Waste and recycling

Teaching box Making paper in class

Using the resources in the teaching box, children can make their own paper. The teaching box is an in-depth look at the resource stream of paper.

> Book the teaching box Making paper in class

'The waste-free school' project

During this project, schools take on the challenge of becoming completely (residual) waste-free. All classes jointly - and sometimes among themselves! - the battle with waste. Separating more raw materials means less residual waste. Central questions include:

  • How much waste and raw materials do we produce as a class?
  • What types of waste and raw materials can we distinguish?
  • Which raw materials can we separate to reduce residual waste?
  • How can our raw materials be reused?

Employees of Waardlanden can drop by to give a short lesson on waste and raw materials. Schools wishing to do so can contact us to make an appointment. Many primary schools in the region are already working towards becoming waste-free.

Bezoek aan zijlader tijdens kick off op Samen op Weg in Hoornaar web

How does a side loader work? Pupils get explanations from a driver

Other teaching materials

Construction sheets sweeper and side loader

Waardlanden has construction sheets of a sweeper and a rubbish truck. You can order these templates via the Nature Centre catalogue.

Coloring pages

On two beautiful plates, children can add colour to the theme 'From waste to resource':