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The Environment: The Three Rs - Recycle

The Environment: The Three Rs - Recycle

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Rich, Rowan and Jack are tidying up after a party. The language focus is on words and phrases we can use to talk about recycling. In our task, we want you to tell us the 'life journey' of an item in your house. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.

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The Environment: The Three Rs - Reuse

Introduction

Jack: Hello my name’s Jack

Rowan: My name’s Rowan

Rich: and I’m Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.

Jack: In the Premier Skills English podcast, we talk about football and help you with your English. 

Rowan: Don’t forget you can find the transcript for all our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website.

Rich: We are changing our weekly podcast. From this week, you will hear our weekly podcast in three parts.

Jack: Yes. We asked you for your opinions on the ideal podcast length and the majority of our listeners say that the ideal length is a bit shorter than our normal podcasts. We are going to split the podcast into three shorter parts which will make things easier to understand. 

Rowan: Not too much will change. We will always have a roleplay for you, a language focus, a task for you to complete and a weekly football phrase for you to guess.

Rich: Please let us know if you are happy with the changes either in the comments section or on Apple Podcasts.

Jack: This week’s podcast is connected to the environment. It’s Rich’s son’s birthday and we’ll be talking about birthday parties, presents and tidying up afterwards!

Jack: This is part two of this week’s podcast which is about protecting the environment. It’s Rich’s son’s birthday and we’ll be talking about birthday parties, presents and tidying up afterwards!

Rowan: In this second part, the three of us are in the car on the way back from the supermarket and we’re talking about what Rich has bought his son for his birthday.

Rich: I’ve bought him a new bike. Well, new for him anyway.

Jack: After the roleplay, we’ll look at some words and phrases connected to reusing things. 

Rowan: Your task is to tell us about second-hand things you have bought and something that you would never buy second-hand.

Rich: If you are listening to us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or any other podcast platform, you should also check out our website.

Jack: On the Premier Skills English website, you’ll find the transcript, examples and activities to help you understand the language, and a task for you to complete with other listeners.

Introduction to roleplay 3

Jack: As we said earlier, this podcast is in three parts - there will be three short podcasts in total. This is the final part.

Rich: My son’s eleventh birthday party has just finished and it’s time to tidy up.

Rowan: While you listen, we want you to answer a question:

Jack: The question is: What goes in the green bin?

Roleplay 3

Jack: Wow - it looks like you’ve had fun.

Rich: I know. I’m completely exhausted. Kids are wild. Look at the mess they have made.

Rowan: Your son’s very popular. He got lots of presents.

Rich: Yes. There’s quite a lot of wrapping paper. 

Jack: Do you want a hand clearing up? 

Rich: Thanks. I’ve got a system going. This bag is for the brown paper and that bag is for the shiny colourful paper.

Rowan: Why are you sorting the wrapping paper?

Rich: The brown paper is recyclable, but that shiny stuff has a plastic coating and can’t be recycled.

Rowan: And what about the leftover food?

Rich: That can go straight in the green bin. 

Jack: So we’re sorting the rubbish into three bins. We’re putting the brown paper into this bag to recycle and the coloured paper into this bag to throw away and leftover food goes in the green bin.

Rich: Yes. I’ll take the recyclable rubbish down to the recycling bins at the end of the road later. 

Rowan: Where I live, you get a special bag for paper and card and boxes for glass, plastics and metal and the council comes and picks it up once a fortnight. As long as I remember to put it out.

Jack: It’s my kids’ job to take out the recycling. It’s really not a lot to ask them as the council collects it from the front gate. It’s really convenient. 

Rich: I’m quite happy taking it down to the end of the road. There are big recycling bins for paper and card and plastic and then there are bottle banks for glass. 

Rowan: Don’t recycle my colored water bottles though! I’ll reuse them.

Language Focus 3

Jack: Before the roleplay, we asked you a question. The question was: What goes in the green bin?

Rich: Well, in the roleplay, my house was a total mess after the party and we had a lot of tidying up to do which always includes throwing rubbish away and recycling.

Rowan: Yes, we have to sort out all the rubbish and recycling and different materials have to go in different places. And what goes in the green bin?

Jack: Leftovers - leftover food. In the UK, the green bin is for organic waste so we put food in there. Leftovers are the excess food that has not been used or eaten at a meal - food that has been left.

Rich: So, we were talking about recycling in this roleplay. Let’s look at some language connected to this topic.

Rowan: Recycle is the third of our three Rs that we have looked at this week. Earlier this week we spoke about reduce and reuse and now we’re going to speak about recycling.

Jack: Recycling is a process. This process usually starts in the home when we sort our rubbish into different materials.

Rich: To sort something means to organise things into different groups.

Rowan: So the process of recycling starts when we sort our rubbish into different materials such as paper, glass, plastic and organic waste.

Rich: All this rubbish is then treated - it is recycled so it can be used again.

Jack: The difference between recycling and reusing something is that when we recycle something it needs to be treated and the material is used for something else.

Rowan: We used a few words and phrases connected to recycling in the roleplay. Listen to this part of the roleplay again and think about what we do with our rubbish:

Jack: So we’re sorting the rubbish into three bins. We’re putting the brown paper into this bag to recycle and the coloured paper into this bag to throw away and leftover food goes in the green bin.

Rich: Yes. I’ll take the recyclable rubbish down to the recycling bins at the end of the road later. 

Rowan: Where I live, you get a special bag for paper and card and boxes for glass, plastics and metal and the council comes and picks it up once a fortnight. As long as I remember to put it out.

Jack: When we recycle we have to think about what rubbish is recyclable. Recyclable is an adjective and it is used to describe items that can be recycled.

Rich: There are lots of things like the shiny coloured paper we spoke about that can’t be recycled; it’s not recyclable.

Rowan: If it’s not recyclable we have to throw it away and this rubbish often ends up in a landfill.

Jack: That’s a bit of language from our last podcast: throw away, landfill and end up. Do you remember what these words mean?

Rich: I also spoke about recycling bins. Where I live, there are big bins that I share with everyone who lives on my street. These recycling bins are different colours: blue for paper, yellow for plastic and green for glass.

Jack: We sometimes call the recycling bin for glass a bottle bank.

Rowan: So, Rich takes the recycling because he has to walk down the street to the recycling bins. Where I live the recycling is collected from my front door so I need to put out the recycling.

Jack: Yes, me too. I put out the recycling once a fortnight - once every two weeks. Here to put out means to leave outside. It’s actually quite a common phrase, you might put out the rubbish in the evening, put out the washing so it can dry or put out the cat before you go to bed.

Rich: OK, we’ve looked at lots of language connected to recycling. You can find the transcript and more activities on the Premier Skills English website to help you understand what we’ve been speaking about.

TASK

Rich: In this task, we’d like you to think about the three Rs that we have discussed this week: reduce, reuse and recycle.

Jack: We want you to look around where you live and choose one item. This could be something small like a plastic water bottle or something bigger like the computer, mobile phone or tablet that you are listening to us on right now.

Rowan: We want you to tell us the journey of this item. Where has it come from? How much do you know about it? Is it made from recyclable materials? Is it second-hand? Have you been using it for a long time?

Rich: And what will happen to this item when you have finished with it? Will it go in a rubbish bin? Will it be recycled? Will it be used for another purpose?

Jack: Or maybe you will be able to give it to someone else so it can have another life. So, we want you to tell us the journey of an item in your house.

Rowan: Try to use some of the language you have heard in the podcast this week.

Football Phrase

Rich: It’s time for this week’s football phrase. Remember that you will hear this football phrase in all three parts of this podcast and we’ll have the answer for you in part one of our next podcast as well as in This Week which you can also watch on YouTube. 

Jack: Have you got this week’s football phrase, Rowan?

Rowan: I have. This week’s football phrase is ******* ********. On the BBC website, it says that Premier League clubs are able to have fans watch matches, but the stadiums can only open with ******* ******** because of Covid-19 restrictions. This is better than having no fans at all, but I’m looking forward to the atmosphere you get when a stadium is full.

Rich: Me too. There’s nothing like the sound of Anfield at full ******** singing You’ll never walk alone.

Jack: If you have a football phrase that you would like us to use in the podcast, just get in touch and let us know.

Rowan: Right, that’s all we have time for now but we will be back soon with the second part of this podcast connected to the environment.

Rich: Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below. If you get it right, we’ll announce your name on next week’s podcast and live on YouTube. 

Jack: If you have a question for us about football or English you can email us at premierskills@britishcouncil.org

Rowan: or you can leave your questions and comments on the website in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

Rich: or you could give us a rating and a fantastic review on Apple Podcasts.

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

Here is some of the vocabulary you might have heard in the roleplay. Do you know the words in bold?

I’m completely exhausted. Look at the mess they have made.

There’s quite a lot of wrapping paper

The Council comes and picks it up once a fortnight.

Activity 1

Activity 1: Match the definitions to the words and phrases from the roleplay.
Do you know these words and phrases?

There is far too much plastic in our oceans.

Vocabulary

The Three Rs: Recycle

When we talk about what we can do to help the environment and being more environmentally friendly we often hear the phrase the three Rs. The three Rs are: reduce, reuse and recycle. In this podcast, Rich, Jack and Rowan spoke about the importance of recycling which is when materials such as plastic, glass and paper are collected and then treated so they can be used in a different form. Do you understand the phrases in bold?

Jack: So we’re sorting the rubbish into three bins. We’re putting the brown paper into this bag to recycle and the coloured paper into this bag to throw away .

Rich: Yes. I’ll take the recyclable rubbish down to the recycling bins at the end of the road later. 

Rowan: Where I live, the council comes and picks it up our recycling. As long as I remember to put it out!

Activity 2

Activity 2: Look at the sentences and choose the correct word.
Can you choose the correct word?

How often do you take out the recycling?

Learn More

Further resources connected to recycling and the environment:

Task

The life-cycle of an item in your home

Do you use recycling bins?

In this task, we’d like you to think about the three Rs that we have discussed this week: reduce, reuse and recycle. We want you to look around your home and choose one item. This could be something small like a plastic water bottle or something bigger like a computer, mobile phone or tablet.

  1. Tell us the journey of an item in your home. Where has it come from? How much do you know about it? Is it made from recyclable materials? Is it second-hand? Have you been using it for a long time?
  2. What will happen to this item when you have finished with it? Will it go in a rubbish bin? Will it be recycled? Will it be used for another purpose?
  3. Will you be able to give it to someone else so it can have another life?

Write your answers below and don't forget to make a guess at this week's football phrase!

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
21/07/2021
TR
4972
points

1. My United jerseys are made of recyclable materials because the are made of polyester. International companies like Adidas , nike and puma use recycled plastic to design football kits for the players and fans.
I usually buy them from the official website www.manutd.com whereas sometimes I buy them from a local Adidas store or second-hand online.
I often keep my shirts in my wardrobe because I like to have a good collection of my United jerseys with remarkable memories.

2. I might gift them to my nephews and nieces or perhaps my kids in the future. I don't think they will go to the rubbish bin for a long time but maybe they will be recycled when they are worn out

3. I think so because they are always in good conditions and clean so they could be a nice gift to a relative or another United fan :)
Once I sent one of my United kits to a friend from Ethiopia and she was so happy receiving it :)
It's so nice to put a smile on people's faces with a simple present :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
21/07/2021 11:09
Turkey
Manchester United
4972

1. My United jerseys are made of recyclable materials because the are made of polyester. International companies like Adidas , nike and puma use recycled plastic to design football kits for the players and fans.
I usually buy them from the official website www.manutd.com whereas sometimes I buy them from a local Adidas store or second-hand online.
I often keep my shirts in my wardrobe because I like to have a good collection of my United jerseys with remarkable memories.

2. I might gift them to my nephews and nieces or perhaps my kids in the future. I don't think they will go to the rubbish bin for a long time but maybe they will be recycled when they are worn out

3. I think so because they are always in good conditions and clean so they could be a nice gift to a relative or another United fan :)
Once I sent one of my United kits to a friend from Ethiopia and she was so happy receiving it :)
It's so nice to put a smile on people's faces with a simple present :)

Kazu
13/07/2021
JP
38
points

1. My jeans were made in the U.S.A. Unfortunately they are not made from recyclabe materials. They are made of 100% cottons. I've been wearing them for three years. I don't throw them away even they would worn out. Because the more getting damage, the more cool.

2. I will use reuse them for my couch cover.

3. No. Because I am going to wear them as long as possible.


Kazu
13/07/2021 07:52
Japan
Aston Villa
38

1. My jeans were made in the U.S.A. Unfortunately they are not made from recyclabe materials. They are made of 100% cottons. I've been wearing them for three years. I don't throw them away even they would worn out. Because the more getting damage, the more cool.

2. I will use reuse them for my couch cover.

3. No. Because I am going to wear them as long as possible.

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hsn
10/07/2021
TR
2595
points

TASK
1- I've been using my printer more than ten years.It's not second-hand, brand new. It's been produced in the Far East Asia for a western company. Then it was imported to my country. I think it contains some recyclable parts. It's been working for a long time without any break away.
2- There is two options; to use it till stopped or to buy a new one. I don't think second way although I can afford it. I'll use it until become scrapped. Show will go on-:) When I’ve finished it’ll go for recycling.It can't be used for another purposes. No chance for this.
3-Instead of to put them out I usually give wearable and reusable stuffs such as dresses,tracksuits,sneakers to someone.
PHRASES
• In my opinion, "Leftover" is an unacceptable concept. I'll never understand what "Excess of food" phrase means . Thousands of people are suffering from the lack of food or undernourishment. Young generation must be educated on this topic. Get the food to your plate as you can eat. A fulled of stomach at every meal causes many health problems.
• All the recyclable stuffs must be sorted out before took down to the recycling bins.


hsn's picture
hsn
10/07/2021 12:00
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
2595

TASK
1- I've been using my printer more than ten years.It's not second-hand, brand new. It's been produced in the Far East Asia for a western company. Then it was imported to my country. I think it contains some recyclable parts. It's been working for a long time without any break away.
2- There is two options; to use it till stopped or to buy a new one. I don't think second way although I can afford it. I'll use it until become scrapped. Show will go on-:) When I’ve finished it’ll go for recycling.It can't be used for another purposes. No chance for this.
3-Instead of to put them out I usually give wearable and reusable stuffs such as dresses,tracksuits,sneakers to someone.
PHRASES
• In my opinion, "Leftover" is an unacceptable concept. I'll never understand what "Excess of food" phrase means . Thousands of people are suffering from the lack of food or undernourishment. Young generation must be educated on this topic. Get the food to your plate as you can eat. A fulled of stomach at every meal causes many health problems.
• All the recyclable stuffs must be sorted out before took down to the recycling bins.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
21/07/2021
TR
4972
points

Totally agree with you HSN on your opinion about leftover food
I always educate my students to take what you are going to eat on your plate and never fill up your plate
It's so important to think about vulnerable people and our kids should be brought up aware about helping others
and reduce their food consumption to help others and be healthy :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
21/07/2021 11:01
Turkey
Manchester United
4972

Totally agree with you HSN on your opinion about leftover food
I always educate my students to take what you are going to eat on your plate and never fill up your plate
It's so important to think about vulnerable people and our kids should be brought up aware about helping others
and reduce their food consumption to help others and be healthy :)

Marco Zapien's picture
Marco Zapien
09/07/2021
MX
74
points

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Marco Zapien
09/07/2021 23:35
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
74

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Vocabulary: Words and phrases connected to recycling

Task: Tell us the life-cycle journey of an item in your home