Recycling in the Classroom
Introducing recycling into children's education is vital in changing how the next generation perceive waste. By making it both educational and rewarding, teachers can spark an interest that may become a career choice. At ReGen, we've had the pleasure of student visits from local schools and seen how children can enjoy learning about recycling.
In this blog, we've gathered up some tips on how you can encourage sound environmental practices in the classroom.
When recycling is introduced, it is essential to give background information as to why it is needed. To engage the students, invite them to share ideas in a thought shower session, asking what could be recycled in the classroom. While there may already be recycling bins in the room, it will help to explain their purpose.
Charts and videos of paper's journeys from tree to reuse can be particularly useful.
If your school or classroom is equipped with more than one type of recycling bin, it may be hard for children to get it right. Learning how to separate waste is an excellent excuse for a 'Bin Race'. Either set out the various bins in different parts of the room or draw them on an accessible whiteboard. Follow up by writing the names of recyclables on small pieces of paper and allowing children to pull them from a hat.
As well as teaching children about the number of recyclable products, it's a great way of keeping them engaged with the subject.
In the classroom, it is crucial to set achievable and easy to measure goals for children. By showing how much paper goes into the bins or how much energy is used by standby devices, children can take note of the power and resources used around them. Measuring recycling can be integrated into other subjects, from numeracy to vocabulary development and even motor skills.
Each week allow children to measure their progress and explain how their efforts reduce energy loss outside of school.
At an early age, the focus will be on the act of recycling and improving how much waste is generated, but there is room to grow. Research projects can help children see how recycling has changed, and how we expect it to develop in future. The landfill solution has failed; however, the innovative tech outcomes in recent years could prove eye-catching, even for the iPad-schooled generation.
We recently looked ahead at what we expect in waste management ourselves, read more about the future of recycling here.
5. Resources & Goals
Thankfully, there are plenty of online resources relating to the earth, recycling and environmental changes. Northern Irish schools can also apply for a prestigious Green Flag award, through the Eco-Schools Programme. Programmes like the Eco School are a great way to unite school staff, parents and pupils around environmental efforts in the school.
For teachers seeking out materials, ideas and classroom resources, be sure to visit recyclenow.com.
Improving Recycling Through Research and Development.
At ReGen, we're continually improving the process through investment in research and development. The industry is turning to tech more and more to improve how we can end waste to landfill. At ReGen, as well as onsite recycling, we also process waste for Waste to Energy and offer Low Emission Transport Solutions.
Learn more about ReGen Waste and the work we do here.