Things we can do to help the environment on Global Recycling Day
Saturday 18th March celebrates Global Recycling Day! The theme this year is 'Creative Innovation'. When it comes to recycling, we all have to be creative. In order to do it effectively, we need to think outside the box.
As the world becomes more aware of the impact of waste on our planet, it is crucial to educate our children about the importance of recycling. Recycling not only helps to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, but it also conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. However, getting children to recycle can sometimes be a challenge.
It’s important to teach the next generation the importance of recycling and necessary to make immediate changes to reduce the environmental impact the world.
Here are our top tips on encouraging your children to recycle:
Make it easy for them
From an early age you can teach your child what items go into which bin. To make it easier, have different coloured bins for different materials and encourage them to put the correct rubbish into the correct bins. Children can be a bit forgetful with their rubbish and can happily put it all into the same bin (if it even gets that far!). Teaching them at an early age will be great groundwork for when they get older.
Encourage them to use both sides of the paper
Children can be guilty of using a piece of paper and tossing it straight in the bin when all they have done is draw a line on it. Encourage your child to use all of the paper for their drawings. If you find they’re struggling to use both sides because of the pens they’re using, either encourage them to use softer pens or invest in some watercolour paper to prevent the pen soaking through.
Make it fun
Instead of putting recycling straight into the bin, why not encourage your child to repurpose recyclable material into something fun. They could make a robot, windchimes, superhero cuff and so much more! It will also keep the children entertained for a few hours whilst they craft and create.
Instead of chucking out old toys and clothes when your child has finished with them, donate them to charity or give them to friends and family instead. Get your kids involved and let them decide where their old toys go. They might be more inclined to give them away if they are in control!
Set up a family chart to track what everyone in the house is recycling. You can make this a reward-based system, which is perfect for those competitive families who like to win. Give everyone a box and see who can put the most in their box. Or alternatively you can set the challenge on who can go a whole day without throwing anything away! Hopefully this will give you and your family advice on ways to recycle.
It doesn’t have to stop there – there are different ways in which you can help the environment such as reducing your plastic and waste free lunches.