Recycling offers many benefits which include the reduction of the landfill mass, conservation of resources and minimization the number of greenhouse gases made in the production of new items.
Being mindful of recycling the correct items in the proper way will make sure that the recycling process is effective.
It’s best to recycle well for the sustainability of the environment and the community.
For easier and more effective recycling, here are a few good tips to follow:
1. Involve family members in recycling and help them understand the importance of recycling
No one ever wants to do extra chores at home. It is impossible to get cooperation from the kids for doing the things they don’t understand. They are stubborn by nature performing stuff they don’t know. That’s why it is best to take the time to educate your kids about recycling and explain to them thoroughly why it is essential.
You may associate it with games to make it more fun. Or else bring them along with you to the recycling center near your place, so they can witness how recycling is being done. By the moment they understand the entire process and know where all their garbage goes, they will then be cautious when thinking of throwing their food wastes. They will voluntarily perform the task by themselves.
2. Take it easy
Place trash cans in handy spots to prompt everyone in the family to recycle when needed. Do you often get tons of junk mail? Then, it will help if you place a container in front of your door so those envelopes and flyers are accumulated in one area, making it easier to throw and recycle them.
You may as well try sticking a small trash can in the bathroom to gather empty plastic bottles, so it’s easier to reach the kitchen recycling bin than the trash bin. It is suggested to keep the recycling bin under the sink for instant access, while the garbage bin is a few steps away from your pantry.
3. Conduct a simple contest
Everyone in the family loves a little competition, not only the kids but also the parents. So why not begin a friendly match at home? Give each family member their trash can to fill every week. Designate a leader to check who can fill up their trash bin first each week. You can give a reward to those who have little in their containers. The prize might be eco-friendly toys or a simple trip to a recreational park near your place.
When recycling centers pay cash for every glass and aluminum can accumulate, you can give the proceeds to your kids to reward their cooperation in proper waste disposal and recycling at home.
4. Get crafty
One more fun way to educate your kids about the significance of recycling is to reuse some products at home. You can save up newspapers, drawing books, magazines, glass jars, and paper towel rolls for making costumes, jewelry or other crafty projects to demonstrate to your kids that pure trash can be turned into something beautiful and significant. Teach them about the art of “From Scrap to Smart.”
Allowing your kids to decorate their bins can be exciting too. You can ask them to paint and put DIY crafts for their trash bins. They will be so proud to use the recycling bin they make and decorate.
5. Start composting
Composting does not only reduce household waste, it is as well the best lesson on what it means to recycle. Your kids may witness how their sandwich crusts, banana peels and leftovers turn into a beneficial soil for plants to grow in. They may want to play with worms or dump their fruits as well. However your kids like to learn the process, you need to support them to make them more environmentally aware adults when they grow up.