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One person’s rubbish is another person’s landmark

Turn your recycling into a famous landmark from another country, then discover what life is like there.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Clean items of recycling
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Scrap paper
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Free brochures from a travel agent (or images of landmarks)
  1. Arrange all of the clean recycling into a pile.
  2. Split into groups, and give each a travel brochure, book, or set of landmark images. 
  3. Each team should pick a landmark from another country – it can be another country inside the UK (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland), or a country outside of the UK. 
  4. Using the recycling, sticky tape, and scissors, each group should recreate their landmark.
  1. Once the models are complete, give each group some Post-it notes or slips of paper and a pen. 
  2. Ask each group to write facts about their chosen country’s currency, language, national dress, culture, and customs, and stick these facts to their model.
  1. Gather all of the teams together. Teams should guess the landmark each model is based on, and the country it represents. 
  2. Once everyone has guessed, teams should break down their models and remove the sticky tape, so that items can be recycled.


This activity reminds you that you’re a local, national, and international citizen.

  • Do you know more about the world now?
  • What would you like to ask someone from your chosen country?
  • Are some parts of their lives like yours?
  • Would it be easier to work with someone from your chosen country now you know a bit more about their home?
  • Do you share any of the same responsibilities?

This activity will also help you respect and trust people from backgrounds different to yours.

  • Does knowing more help you understand how to respect people from all different backgrounds?
  • How can you show someone that you respect them?
  • Would you understand someone from your chosen country better now that you know more about it?



Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people

Rubbish and recycling

All items should be clean and suitable for this activity.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.