If you have been teaching about waste management and would like a fun game to help kids understand, check out Landfill Bill!
Landfill Bill is a very simple game where waste materials come down the conveyor belt and Bill has to throw them to the correct bin: glass, plastic, paper, or metal. It is a surprisingly addictive yet very simple game. After students play it, here are some talking points:
- Were any of the items coming down the conveyor belt trash? (no)
- Were you surprised by any of the items that Bill recycled? Do you usually put those items in the trash? What could you do with them next time?
- What happens if Bill didn’t recycle fast enough? (the items ended up in the landfill)
- What happens when the landfill gets too full? (the game ends; there is no more space for any kind of waste)
While the game does not make this explicit, the whole point of recycling is to find a better use for waste than the landfill. Proper recycling keeps items out of the landfill, extending their life, and reducing the need for new landfills. Playing Landfill Bill is an engaging way to introduce that idea to your students!