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Reduction of Resource Consumption

IB DP Geography
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Base Knowledge and Understanding

Base knowledge and understanding

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Aims of this lesson:

  • To be able to discuss the reduction of resource consumption by:
    • conservation [Reduce]
    • waste reduction [Reduce and Reuse]
    • recycling [Reduce]
    • substitution [substituting plastics for bioplastics]
Geography Activities



Case Study: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in the United Kingdom

Household waste recycled per person

In 2000 the UK government published national recycling targets in ‘Waste Strategy 2000’ aiming for 33% of household waste to be recycled or composted by 2015.

England’s household waste recycling crept up to 40.3% for the 12 months ending in September 2010.

The EU Waste Framework Directive requires the UK to recycle, compost or reuse 50 per cent of waste from households by 2020.

The 23.4 million tonnes of household waste generated in the year ending September 2010 was 1% less than that generated for the 2009/10 financial year, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs noted that the average annual change in total household waste over the five years to 2009/10 was a 1.6% decrease.


Case Study: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in the United Kingdom > Focus on Camden, London

Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Reduction of resource consumption [Oil] by substituting plastics for bioplastics

The Guardian
  Eco crisp packet is too noisy for consumers [1 November 2010]
The Guardian
  grist - Lego wants to remake its famous bricks with sustainable plastic [1 July 2015]
Geography Review


Geography Activities

Extended Response Practice

Examine the methods adopted to reduce the consumption of one or more named resources. [15 Marks]

The markbands can be found here - you need to look at Paper 1.

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