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You should teach your children not only by speaking to them about recycling and waste removal, but also through your own actions.
You should start teaching your children about
recycling and responsible waste disposal at an early age so that they
can grow up to be responsible human beings who won’t harm the
environment. However, recycling can be rather hard to discuss with
younger kids, as the concept may be too abstract for them to grasp.
Here are a few tips that could help you present
the concept of recycling to your kids more easily.
Discuss the subject of recycling and energy
saving with your kids in a way they will understand. For instance,
tell them that the amount of energy that is saved by recycling just
a single soda can made out of aluminum will be enough to keep a
100-watt light bulb lit for around 20 hours.
Designate a place in your home for your recycling
bins. Get different colored rubbish disposal bins for the different
types of recyclable waste – plastic, paper, glass, metal. Decorate
the bins with your kids or play a game of recognizing the symbol on
each bin and what it means.
Teach your kids to put the waste items the
relevant bins, after cleaning them as necessary. Add some incentive
by offering them a reward for a certain amount of items deposited
for waste recycling.
When you are out shopping with your children,
point out the products made out of recycled materials and encourage
them to read labels in order to check if the product packaging is
recyclable. That will teach your kids to look out for green products
Take a trip to the local recycling depot. This
will make for a fun day out and teach your kids about proper waste
disposal and recycling. Ask the people at the recycling centre to
explain to your children how they recycle things such as light
bulbs, batteries, computers and other electronics. This is a good
opportunity to tell your kids about the negative effects of
irresponsible junk disposal and dumping items that can be recycled
into landfills on the environment. If your kid is a bit older, you
can also go into details about land pollution and contamination of
ground waters, etc.
You can also volunteer at the kids’ school for
any waste recycling and reduction initiatives they may be
participating in, like composting, recycling drives, rubbish-free
lunches, etc. Talk with your children about the significance and
purpose of such initiatives and encourage participation in them.
Try composting at home. If you have a garden,
designate a spot for a composting bin where you’ll put food scraps
and green waste. You can use a corner of your garage for the purpose
too. Encourage your kids to participate in the process and teach
them about composting and how compost can be used in the garden. If
you don’t have a garden or don’t have any space at home for a
composter, research local community gardens that accept green waste
and food scraps for composting and take your children out to visit
one and learn more about the process of organic waste recycling and
These are just a few of the things you can do to
teach your kids about recycling and proper rubbish disposal. You can
also encourage them to collect glass bottles and aluminum cans for
recycling, but be sure to supervise them when depositing bottles into
the glass container so that they don’t suffer any cuts or injuries.
Children should be taught about the adverse effects of treating waste
irresponsibly and start learning about how and what should be
recycled from a young age.
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