Ch 26: Solid and Hazardous Waste: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Solid and Hazardous Waste unit of this AP Environmental Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about different kinds of solid and hazardous waste. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Environmental Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about destinations for and ways of reducing solid and hazardous waste. There is no faster or easier way to learn about environmental science. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about sanitary landfills and mass-burn incinerators.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need an environmental science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Solid and Hazardous Waste unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Solid and Hazardous Waste Unit Objectives:

  • Read about municipal versus non-municipal waste.
  • Define and provide examples of composting.
  • Learn about reusing, reducing and recycling solid waste.
  • Read about waste-related laws, such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
  • Define green chemistry.
  • Explain integrated waste management.

9 Lessons in Chapter 26: Solid and Hazardous Waste: Homeschool Curriculum
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Types of Solid Waste: Municipal Vs. Non-Municipal

1. Types of Solid Waste: Municipal Vs. Non-Municipal

Waste comes in many different forms. This lesson explores municipal and non-municipal waste, the two main types of solid waste. We'll also delve into who creates waste and the amount of waste disposed of each year.

Sanitary Landfills: Definition and Issues

2. Sanitary Landfills: Definition and Issues

In this lesson, we will explore where trash goes when it is disposed of. We will also investigate the characteristics and issues associated with sanitary landfills.

Mass Burn Incinerators: Definition and Issues

3. Mass Burn Incinerators: Definition and Issues

In this lesson, we will explore the process of using extreme heat to dispose of waste. We will also investigate the issues associated with this method of waste management.

What Is Composting? - Definition and Examples

4. What Is Composting? - Definition and Examples

In this lesson, we will explore the unique method of waste disposal where items are encouraged to rot. We will investigate the composting process, the benefits of composting, and examples of different types.

The 3 Rs of Reducing Solid Waste: Reuse, Reduce & Recycle

5. The 3 Rs of Reducing Solid Waste: Reuse, Reduce & Recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle! In this lesson, we will explore the three Rs of reducing solid waste. We will also investigate examples of each of the three Rs, and how people can do their part to help reduce solid waste.

What Is Integrated Waste Management? - Definition and Examples

6. What Is Integrated Waste Management? - Definition and Examples

There are many ways to deal with waste. In this lesson we will explore the integrated waste management system that combines many strategies. We will also discuss how you can participate in your own kitchen.

What Is Hazardous Waste? - Definition and Types

7. What Is Hazardous Waste? - Definition and Types

Not all waste is something to throw in the trash and forget about. In this lesson, we will explore hazardous waste and what makes it dangerous. We will also investigate disposal methods and types of hazardous waste.

Waste Legislation: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act vs. the Superfund Act

8. Waste Legislation: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act vs. the Superfund Act

In this lesson, we will explore two federal laws that were established to deal with the issue of hazardous waste. We will also compare the scope of these laws and their impacts.

What Is Green Chemistry? Definition & Relation to Source Reduction

9. What Is Green Chemistry? Definition & Relation to Source Reduction

Green is not just a color, but also a way of doing things. In this lesson, we will explore the technique of green chemistry and how it applies to the waste management industry.

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