We all rely on the science of materials every day as it tells us which are the best materials to use for different things – like not using chocolate to make teapots, or glass to make trampolines. It also shows us how to dispose or recycle items safely and sustainably at the end of their lives.

Food is vital and a precious resource, so isn’t it crazy that we waste about a third of all food produced! Check out our resource pages to find out more about Food Waste.

Food can be recycled almost everywhere in Devon. Most districts collect food waste in special caddies in their kerbside collections (see our District Recycling Sheets).

The worksheets on this page will help young people understand the science behind food waste. We hope doing these activities will create better scientists and more critical thinkers. We know the wicked problems (complex and difficult issues like climate change and biodiversity loss) we are leaving the next generation will need some innovative thinking to solve them!

Downloadable Worksheets

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KS1 Science of Materials: Food Waste

Test your knowledge of food waste and composting.

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How much of the food produced on the planet is wasted?

Image of mouldy food

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How much food waste do we make in the UK?

Plastic school canteen try being scraped into a bin of food waste

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What waste can be put in compost?

Hands holding some Compost

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True or false, pizza can be composted at home.

Pizza and cherry tomatoes

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What does a compost bin need to work well? (Select all of the correct answers)

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What can you do to reduce food waste at home?

Partially eaten fruit and leftover skins, including banana, apple and oranges.

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The average score is 50%

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Smniling waste collection team from West Devon emptying food waste caddies into a waste collection vehicle

KS2 Science of Materials: Food Waste

Test your knowledge of Food Waste and Nutrition.

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How much of the food produced on the planet is wasted?

Image of mouldy food

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How much food waste do we make in the UK?

Plastic school canteen try being scraped into a bin of food waste

3 / 6

How much of the food thrown away in the UK each year could have been eaten by humans?

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What do you think is the top food wasted in UK homes?

Fruit peelings and apple cores in a blue food waste bin lined with newspapers

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What food group do eggs belong to?

Carton of 6 eggs

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What can you do to reduce food waste at home?

Partially eaten fruit and leftover skins, including banana, apple and oranges.

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Assorted fruit, vegetables and nuts

Science of Materials: Food Waste KS3/4

Test your knowledge of Cow Farts, Anaerobic Digestion and Global Warming

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How much of the food produced on the planet is wasted?

Image of mouldy food

2 / 7

How much food waste do we make in the UK?

Plastic school canteen try being scraped into a bin of food waste

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How many cows are there on the planet?

3 cattle in a field with trees behind

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What is the process of food waste recycling called?

Image of anaerobic digester and cows

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What is the name of the gas that is produced during the anaerobic digestion process?

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How many more times warming to the atmosphere is methane compared to carbon dioxide?

Satellite image of the earth

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What can you do to reduce food waste at home?

Partially eaten fruit and leftover skins, including banana, apple and oranges.

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The average score is 0%

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Created on By Millie Green
Partially eaten fruit and leftover skins, including banana, apple and oranges.

Science of Materials: Food Waste

Test your knowledge of Food Waste.

1 / 9

How much of the food produced on the planet is wasted?

Image of mouldy food

2 / 9

How much food waste do we make in the UK?

Plastic school canteen try being scraped into a bin of food waste

3 / 9

How much of the food thrown away in the UK each year could have been eaten by humans?

4 / 9

True or false, pizza can be composted at home.

Pizza and cherry tomatoes

5 / 9

How much of the world's greenhouse emissions are down to food waste?

Satellite image of the earth

6 / 9

In the UK how much has the amount of food waste changed since 2007?

Smniling waste collection team from West Devon emptying food waste caddies into a waste collection vehicle

7 / 9

How much food was redistributed through food waste initiatives in 2020?

Assorted vegetables including onion, different coloured peppers, garlic, leeks and carrots with a large chopping knife

8 / 9

What do you think is the top food wasted in UK homes?

Fruit peelings and apple cores in a blue food waste bin lined with newspapers

9 / 9

What can you do to reduce food waste at home?

Partially eaten fruit and leftover skins, including banana, apple and oranges.

Your score is

The average score is 0%

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