Home Life > Everyday Life
How to get your kids recycling
On average, the UK produces 26 million tonnes of waste per year. Around 45% of this is recycled. How can we recycle even more? Teach our children!
The younger they start learning about reducing waste and recycling, the better. Teaching kids about recycling can be fun and rewarding.
Here are some top tips to get you started:
Make it simple
Make sure your household bins are easily accessible and clearly labelled. You could even create a wall chart with your kids to show what goes in which bin. It’s a fun activity for you to do together and they can refer to it when disposing of rubbish.
Put them in charge
Kids enjoy being given responsibilities as it makes them feel grown-up and important. Why not try rotating it on a weekly or monthly basis? They can be on paper duty one week and then plastics the next.
The Three Rs
It’s an easy principle to remember but how can we put it into practice? Here are some ideas… Opt for food without plastic packaging or in paper packaging and involve the kids in the decision process. Ask them to save cardboard boxes and toilet roll tubes for arts and crafts activities, rather than using a new sheet of paper or card. Make recycling into a game and award them points every time they put something in the correct bin!
Lead by example
We learn more from our parents than we sometimes realise, so our actions and behaviour will have a big influence on our kids. Simple things like always making sure you recycle correctly, getting a reusable water bottle and making the most out of leftover food will help encourage your children to do the same.
It’s also vital to teach kids why recycling is so important. Talk to them and discuss questions to spark their curiosity – where does all our rubbish go once it’s been collected? Why are plastics bad for the sea? It doesn’t matter if you don’t already know the answers, you can learn about it together as a family.
These are just a few ideas on how to get kids recycling and encourage them to be more eco-conscious, but by no means an exhaustive list. Get creative, learn together and have fun along the way!