Last week (11/28-12/2) was a bittersweet week in APES. After nearly a semester together the APES students of lab 207 finished up their final unit and took their last unit test. All that remains are the project restoration presentations and their final. In a couple of weeks I will put together a fuller reflection on my first APES class, but suffice it to say that it has been a great semester. This week's week in review pieces come from Auon Syed, Jade McClain, and Faith Gibson. Here's how they saw it.

Jade kicks us off with an outline of the week. She writes:

This past week, we learned about Chapter 16: Waste. Some of the topics we went over in this chapter were:

  • Inputs and Outputs
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
  • Planned obsolescence
  • Source reduction: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
  • E-waste
  • Incineration and the process
  • Disadvantages and advantages of incineration and landfills
  • Hazardous waste
  • Legislation: RCRA & CERCLA (Superfund)
  • Composting
  • Cradle-to-casket analysis
  • Integrated pest & waste management
  • Video on Loving Canal, NY
  • Case study on waste generation and waste disposal (paper or plastic?)
    We also created our own landfills, in groups of two and we have been documenting observations.

Auon fills in some details, mentioning that:

We started off the week with notes about MSW, e-waste, and hazardous waste. On Tuesday, we created our own landfills with 2-liter soda bottles. We have been taking daily observations of the landfills. Later, we watched a video about the Love Canal which was subjected to ignorant underground chemical contamination, affecting the surrounding neighborhoods. The incident of Love Canal brought upon the legislation, which were RCRA and Superfund (CERCLA). WE ended the week with a test on chapters 11, 16, and 18.

Finally, Faith contributes:

This week we went over chapter 16 on waste and disposal and disposal alternatives. We learned the difference between e-waste, MSW,and hazardous waste. Then introduced ways to deal with waste either by the 3Rs, a landfill or incineration. We started a lab that consisted of replicating a landfill with the infrastructure to minimize leachate and toxic drainage. We watched a video about Love Canal, which was an underground chemical disposal site that had adverse effects on the neighborhood surrounding it. Then, we learned about legislation to prevent and protect us against our own waste such as RCRA and CERCLA. Today, Friday, we had a test on chapters 11,16 and 18.