4 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Recycle This Summer
The holidays are here, and schools are off for summer – why not keep your kids busy and teach them about the importance of recycling. Recycling with your little ones running about the house may seem like an impossible task, it’s a lot easier if you can get the whole family involved!
At Regen Waste, we strive to teach all ages about the importance of recycling for our planet. Here are 4 ways to encourage your child to recycle this summer.
Explain the Importance of Recycling
Firstly, you should take the time to explain the importance of recycling to your child. Help them to understand how they can help to protect the environment by following the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Talk together about why we should recycle and encourage them to think about the recycling process. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answers – find out together as this might encourage you both to be more mindful of waste. Read this great guide to recycling for kids.
Practise What You Preach
While it’s great that you’ve talked to your kids about how important recycling is, it is important that you practise what you preach. Parents are powerful role models and children look up to them and imitate their behaviour, so if you want to encourage your kids to start recycling, you need to do it too. If you don’t, your efforts will be wasted as they will quickly give up if they see that you don’t recycle.
Make it Easy
You should aim to make it as easy as possible for your kids to recycle. Make sure the bins are easily accessible and colour match them with the outdoor bins. This will help everyone identify the correct bins and make recycling effortless. Children also love having responsibilities as it makes them feel grown-up and important, so why not assign them a recycling duty like collecting paper and putting it in the right bin. Learn how to encourage your kids to help at home.
Have Fun with It
One of our key tips is to try and make recycling as fun as possible for your kids! If you present it as another chore, they will become bored quickly and will give up. Why not turn it into a fun game like giving a prize to the person who recycles the most items each week? Let your imagination run wild and create an exciting game that will make recycling fun! Here’s some great examples.
At ReGen Waste, we have processed in excess of 1.5m tonnes of waste and are always trying to improve upon this figure. Our targets may be slightly above what the average family can produce, but we strive to inform and educate people on how their small changes can have a huge impact. Keep up to date with our work here.