Taking out the trash is a daunting task for any age but recycling is another story. We are lucky to live in a town that provides curb-side recycling service along with refuse pickup. We do not need to sort our recycling by type but my kids could if they wanted to. Today I wanted to share a few ways to get your kids excited about recycling.
Teach What Recycling is
Children will be more invested in a project if they understand the value of it. If you teach your children that all items sent to the trash have to go somewhere then they might still not understand. Take your children on a trip to a Solid Waste Facility and then they will really grasp the fact that we waste a lot!
Keep Recycling Out of the Trash
You will need to make it a daily habit to put your recycling into the recycling bin. I know it’s much easier when you are at an event where there’s a recycling bin next to the trash bin but you can still recycle at home. If you are like us and have minimal space then having an extra can or bin inside isn’t ideal. We have found the solution by keeping our large wheeled recycling bin right outside our back door. The only time we are lazy about recycling is pouring down rain or below 10 degrees! In these instances I usually place them in a box or bag to take out later.
Even your toddler can help with your recycling efforts. If your child is big enough to walk and carry an empty water bottle then why not teach them to recycle. Yes, we use water bottle due to Eldest’s Type 1 Diabetes and our fridge water dispenser being broken. He needs to drink water constantly and our local city water is gross. We even own a filtered pitcher but it’s still tastes weird at times.
More Recycling ideas:
How To Make An Everest and Skye Paw Patrol Pinata from Crafty Mama in ME
Recycling tips for camping trips from FrogMom
Recycled Toy Robot Project from Brain Power Boy
How Paper is Recycled from Schooling a Monkey
Children’s Books About Recycling from The Jenny Evolution
Cutting Tray and Recycling Sorting from Parenting Chaos
Free Recycling Printables and Montessori-Inspired Recycling Activities from Living Montessori Now
Colorful Spring Windsock Made with Recycled Materials from Play Dough & Popsicles
How To Make A Flower Craft From Recycled Materials from Raising Little Superheroes
Tin Can Pencil Holder from Tales of Education at Home
Getting kids excited about recycling from Something 2 Offer
Simple & Fun Recycled Magazine Crafts for the Family From The Natural Homeschool
Sort Your Recycling Worksheets from Living Life and Learning