It’s no secret that recycling plays an important role in sustainability. Each time that you separate metals from glass and make compost from veggie skins, you’re taking a small step in the right direction. However, it can be tedious at times, especially for younger members of the family. Here are a few ways you can make recycling fun for the whole family, reducing the carbon footprint of your household.
Gamify the recycling process
Sometimes, children need a bit of incentive to get involved with an idea. Gamifying the recycling process allows children to get excited about recycling and embrace it as an everyday activity. For example, you can introduce weekly competitions to see who can recycle the most plastic. At the end of the week, the winner gets treated to ice cream.
Be a role model
Make recycling the norm by setting a good example. Take care to separate materials and talk your children through the process, teaching them about the various recycling symbols and how to divide glasses from metals and plastics.
Introduce craft projects
While some recycling products will be melted down and made into a new product, others can be reused for craft activities in the home. As we approach the holiday season, you can encourage your children to use old milk cartons and metal tins to create bird feeders and plant holders.
Educate your family
When a child understands the purpose of their actions, they are more likely to become invested in the project. Take the time to teach your family the value of recycling and how their small part can make a big difference. They may even be encouraged to share their findings with their friends and spread the eco-love!
You can also encourage your children to research different organisations where they can contribute items and get involved in take-back programmes.
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