With most households seeing recycling as just another part of everyday responsibilities, along with taking out the rubbish and checking the mail, many parents are neglecting to teach us children about recycling and why it is important.
Whether your little one is just becoming old enough to understand the idea, like me or you have older children or teens who are aware of it, here are a few ways you can start teaching children about recycling on a regular basis:
1. Visiting a Waste Disposal Centre
As well as helping to teach your children the importance of recycling, it can also be super interesting! Our local centre has so many facilities and Mummy talks to us about them when we call. You could think about visiting one of your local waste disposal and recycling centres to learn more and you can all see the amount of effort and technology that goes into recycling.
Many of these facilities also offer educational tours to show you even more, and you can ask lots of questions and find out exactly what happens to your rubbish and what you give them for recycling. If you’re in the London area, Envirowaste is a prime example of an advanced recycling service.
2. Learning About the Impact of Recycling on the Future
After getting home from your trip to the local recycling plant, you could try watching some programs together. There are lots online, and films too with many even geared towards younger children like me. Some cartoons and movies which I love also have an eco-friendly slant, like Wall-E, Bambi, Rio, and Over the Hedge, to get you started!
3. Encouraging Children to Be Eco-Friendly at a Young Age
Simple things to teach me, even now are that dropping litter is not good, find a rubbish bin! Recycling is the best thing to do, Mummy shows me what she is doing with my old clothes and toys – taking them to the recycling centre, or giving them to charity, and she explains what she is doing. You could try the ‘one in, one out’ rule too. I can only have a new toy or book, if I recycle / give away an old one. This is good for our teens too, with video games, books, clothes and DVD’s. (Mummy says it also helps keep clutter down!)
What do you think of teaching children about recycling? Is it something you do – if so do you have any tips to share?