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Really rubbish maps

Reuse your recycling to create a map of your community, and models of your services.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Scissors
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
  • Clean items of recycling
  • A map of your local area

Create your community

  1. As a whole group, look at the map of your local area. Point out some of the main landmarks, and the most important places and features.
  1. Everyone should take the everyday items, and use them to mark out the main landmarks and features on the floor.

Choose your landmarks

  1. Split into small groups.
  2. Every group should stand by one of the landmarks on the big map. This is the landmark they will make from the recycling.

Create your landmarks

  1. Each group should plan how they will use the recycling to make a model of the landmark. They may want to use pens and paper to draw pictures, or note down their ideas.
  2. Each group should gather the pieces of recycling they need, and use the sticky tape and glue to transform them into a model of their landmark.
  3. Once everyone has made their models, they should put them in the right place on the map.
  4. If you can, take a picture of your finished map before you take apart your models and recycle the items.


This activity reminded you that you’re a local, national, and international citizen. How do you feel about your local community? What services does it have, and where are they? Who are the services for, and who uses them? Why are these services important? Whose responsibility is it to make sure the right services are there, and that they’re good enough? What responsibilities do you have — how can you support your local services (for example, could you try to shop at the local bakery, or use your library)?

This activity also reminded you to help your community. Is your community missing any services? Could you do anything to change that (think about who you might need to ask)? How could you improve the services you have — is your park full of litter, or does the library need some new books? 



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.