CyberFair Project ID: 8003

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Garbage disposal in rural area
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: School
    Lanzhou, Gansu, China

4 students, ages 14--16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 12, 2015. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2012.2013.2014

Classes and Teachers: Zhu Yongzhang

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

The main component of rural garbage in the past was perishable leaves and melon rinds, and it has changed into the mixture of plastic bag, used batteries, agricultural films, pesticide bottles, industrial wastes and rotted plants, with more and more non-degradable garbage. Especially, because of the vast use of plastics, the proportion of the non-degradable article in the garbage is rapidly increased, in which the plastic products accounts for one third.According to the survey of Ministry of Health, at present in rural areas, the household garbage amount generated by each person in each day is 0.86 kg, and the annual household garbage amount of rural areas all over the country is nearly 300 million tons. Taking Gansu Province as the example, in 2007, the amount of garbage generated each day in rural areas of the whole province was 2681 tons, and the annual amount of garbage was more than 900 thousand tons, and the garbage in villages and small towns was almost not collected or disposed. In Gansu Province, in which the agricultural population accounts for more than 60% of the total population, the annual pesticide packaging bags garbage is as much as 200 million, and more than 1000 tons’ pesticide wastes is generated, and the usage amount of agricultural film is increased from 23 thousand tons to 56 thousand tons, in which about 30% is left in the soil, and most of the garbage in villages and towns is not disposed.

2. Summary of Our Project

At present, there are a lot of difficulties in garbage disposal in rural areas. With the rapid industrialization process, the trend of rural household garbage urbanization is obvious increasingly, and the garbage disposal method is still single and outdated. This condition has greatly endangered the rural ecological environment, and has had adverse influence to lives of the masses. The “garbage mountain” has become a new problem of rural areas. In the past, the rural garbage was of small quantity and little categories, and it was easy to be decomposed; methods of composting, simple landfill and natural decomposing can be used to maintain the balance. With the rapid economic and social development in rural areas, the rural garbage surges in quantity, and there are obvious changes in structure, and the rural household garbage “keep up with” the situation in cities, with more and more difficulty for disposal.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Our leading teacher teaches us the basic knowledge and skills during the webpage making process, and we consult from our teacher when we encounter with difficulties.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

In this activity, I know much knowledge about Webpage, and I hope we participate in more such kinds of activities to improve our ability.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

We determine theme, collect data, consult from records and interview farmer households in our spare time with the leading of our teacher; in the premise of ensuring the regular study, it not only expands our horizons and improves our abilities, but also makes us pay attention to the surrounding environment.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Computer, digital camera, scanner

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

We wish to make people understand the hazards caused by garbage by our participation, investigation and exploration, to promote people to change the traditional garbage disposal method and change the present garbage disposal situation.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

There is no obvious influence, hope this Website will let more people have self-awareness of garbage seriously affecting people's lives

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Staffs from the local government provided us with information

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We knew nothing about Webpage making before, we originally thought it was very difficult, but after we did it, we found it was not too difficult, so we have to do our best when encounter difficulties, in the process of making the website, both our ability and thinking ability have improved significantly.


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