Teach Recycling to Kids in 5 Steps!
School is back in session and we think lessons about recycling are a great idea! The key to a cleaner, greener earth is to educate our youth on the importance of recycling and conserving resources. Here’s our five-step process for teaching children how to recycle:
- Teach WHY: Recycling helps to preserve natural resources like timber, minerals, and water, as well as saving energy and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. Take a minute to explain the benefits of recycling not only for the community, but for the entire earth as well.
- Teach WHAT: Be sure your children know the basics of recycling. Familiarize them with the recycling symbol and the types of materials they can recycle. After use, you can make a guessing game as to whether a material is recyclable, reusable, or waste.
- Teach HOW: Take the initiative to instill positive recycling habits. When your child is finished using a material that is recyclable be sure to get them on track to recycling the same item in the future. Creating your own recycling containers in your home can also be a great way to instill recycling habits early on.
- Recycling is FUN: Turn recycling into upcycling with a DIY craft. There are many websites that have great, kid-friendly options for recycling everything from tin cans and plastic bottles to grocery bags and worn out clothes. Try making one of these cute water bottle banks to start out: http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/crafts/water-bottle-craft
- Take the PLEDGE: While America Recycles Day isn’t until November 15, your family can take the pledge to recycle any day! “Learn. I will find out what materials are collected for recycling in my community. Act. Reduce my personal waste by recycling. Within the next month, I will recycle more. Share. In the next month, I will encourage one family member or one friend to take the pledge.”
Instill an appreciation for the environment and good recycling habits in your children early on for a greener future.