Posted by Claire Jennings on 16th Oct 2020
Teaching Our Kids How to Recycle
Teaching Kids How to Recycle
Teaching kids how to recycle is a valuable lesson that we should pass onto the next generation, and is essential for ourselves to be able to give our kids the opportunity to learn how to protect the planet! We have looked into the impact that recycling has on the environment and we have identified simple ways to teach our children how to recycle. It is important that we encourage the future proofing of our environment. The EU-set target for Ireland is to recycle at least 50% of our household waste by 2020. The latest figures, from 2016, show that we managed a 45.2% recycling rate, up from 44.6% in 2015. So we’re almost there. We must make sure to find a way to engage our children in recycling and the one benefit to teaching our kids how to recycle is that we can always remind them of the Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
Before Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
Recycling is great for the environment, as it enables less rubbish to find its way to landfills throughout the country, even recycling uses valuable resources and energy. We should encourage our kids to try and use all recyclable products until the end of its life span.
Making sure that we don't generate unwanted waste products we should also look at how we purchase products, so we don't create a larger amount of products that would need to be recycled.
Here are some valuable ways to teach your children the benefits of recycling.
We are aware that some of these techniques may take up valuable time within the busy schedules of family life. Still, we feel teaching your kids is essential to give them the tools they need to protect the planet.
Teaching our kids how to recognise when their "eyes are bigger than their belly" is a great way to eliminate food waste in your household. This can be simple; many other sayings can help reduce not only food waste but also reduce the use of single-use plastics.
The main reason we want to eliminate the usage of single-use plastic is that most end up in landfills throughout Ireland. We at Kollect also avoid landfill at all cost to enable a more sustainable environment.
Teaching your Kids "games" to promote recycling, Playing zero-waste games can help make recycling a bit more hands-on. Use egg cartons to grow cress and herbs. Car boot sales and charity shops are great ways of disposing of pre-loved toys and clothes.
Explain to your kids that it's not rubbish – it's stuff on a journey.
Children will always respond to audio and visual aids. Allowing kids to look up safe recycling videos on YouTube they will find hundreds upon thousands of videos with fun and exciting ways to recycle their unwanted items. By doing this as a parent, you can manage their screen time and enable healthy growth of the children's habits for feeling good through recycling.
Why Teach Recycling
Recycling is essential for us to secure the health of the planet. Teaching kids how to recycle will give them the passion for using this new habit for good and hopefully passing that on to their children.
We want to make sure that we have a valuable process for our children to follow that will allow them to create their stamp on the world, but we also want them to have a world to make their mark upon.
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