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25 July 2015

How to Help Your Kids Learn About Recycling

To many in the older generation, recycling was something that we should have been doing when we were younger—but it wasn't really enforced. Although it can seem like what we do now with our waste won't have an effect on our lives, it definitely will for our children and grandchildren. One of the easiest and best ways we can ensure our future generations are living on a healthy planet is to teach them about recycling from a young age. 

Decorate your recycling bins

Kids love an excuse to get messy! Give them a bit of artistic freedom and load them up with paints, pictures and glitter to decorate your recycling bins. Remember to have separate bins for plastic, glass and paper, and why not give each one a colour theme?

Drive to the local recycling centre

As mentioned, there are a lot of companies and groups looking to involve the public with their recycling efforts. Head to your local recycling centre to see if there are any activities you and your kids can volunteer for. Your children can also learn the importance of recycling and what happens after they pop their juice cartons in the recycling bin! 

Plus, this is a chance to help your kids recognise just how much stuff ends up being thrown out—all the more reason to support businesses that prioritise the environment. For example, Tassimo coffee pods are now recyclable thanks to a partnership with Terracycle, and Dell is making computer packaging from a mushroom-like fungus.

Be creative

There's no reason why your bottles and paper have to go straight in the bin after you've used them. Why not turn a plastic drinks bottle into a musical instrument or play a game of bowling using them as pins? You can also use paper to do arts and crafts. Cereal boxes can be decorated and used as organisers for homework or be even greener and fill them with soil for an alternative to plant pots. You can also make sure your children remember all they have learned about recycling by making a book or other project as you go along. Include mini samples of the things you've recycled, get them to draw pictures and write down why it is necessary. 

Recycling is massively important, and children adopt responsible habits most easily when they are taught from a young age. By growing up knowing how to recycle, they can pass this on to their own families and make sure they have a healthy environment and happy family too. One of the easiest and best ways we can ensure our future generations are living on a healthy planet is to teach them about recycling from a young age. 

Do your children help with the recycling?

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  1. Lovely post. My boy knows that bottles (glass or plastic) don't go into the kitchen bin. That's as far as we have got with teaching him about recycling at the moment. We use paper roll tubes for crafts and I cant bear to throw cardboard away. You never know when the boy will decide he needs a rocket or something crazy making :)

  2. Great post and I totally agree its a great habit to get the kids involved in. We recycle as much as possible but only if we can't find anther use or home for it - we save all our "junk" for our local primary school - yogurt pots, wrapping paper, ribbon, string, old cards, empty boxes (like cereal boxes etc and often bigger boxes too) - anything and everything really. I know the schol appreciate it because they don't have to go to "resource centres" to buy this stuff out of already tight budgets

  3. The school's should do this also

  4. It is wonderful that children are taught how to protect the environment and reduce the waste we produce! I agree that the best way is to be creative and spend some time not only to educate them, but also to have time together! Usually, my family spend a day of the week crafting and reusing various things we find in out home.


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