How to get kids into recycling
Statistics tell us that adults in the UK are slowly but surely getting better at recycling – especially since the introduction of the fairly recent plastic bag charge, which has forced people to think about their actions – but what about our children? Waste and recycling is tackled by the National Curriculum in schools from Key Stage 1 now, but we all know that kids tend to learn some things better through example rather than simple spoken word. Meaning, if you don’t engage your child in recycling at home, they are less likely to be interested in it, or do it themselves when they are older.
So, how can you get your child into recycling at home? Follow our tips below.
Lead by example
Children love to pretend to be adults, so if your little one sees you reusing and recycling at home (and when you are out and about) they are far more likely to want to do the same, and learn more about what it is you are doing. Pique their interest early on, and normalize your actions.
Make recycling fun
Help your child to learn about recycling in a fun way by setting up a home recycling center, with different boxes for each type of recyclable. This will be a great game for a small child. Label each box, and let your child explore the world of recycling through learning about the different types and choosing which box to place each item in. Why not make up a song about recycling which you can sing when you’re doing this?
Take the bins out with the kids
Let your little one get involved in taking the recycling out to your bin, and putting the bin outside the house to be collected. Not only will this make them feel included and important, but it will also get them thinking about what happens to the recycling; where does their waste go after the truck has been and collected it?