How to Teach the Importance of Recycling to Kids

How to Teach the Importance of Recycling to Kids

Mother earth desperately needs our help these days. Global warming, depletion of the ozone layer, and the various calamities we experience manifest the destruction wrought by humanity on the environment. Our very own trash caused most of the harm on our own planet. But then again, most of the garbage we throw away has the potential to be used again. We must recycle our waste products so we can still save our planet. We can start this by teaching our kids the importance of waste recycling.


1. We have to inculcate in our kids the present problem of pollution all over the world. We have to make sure that our children are aware that the trash we throw pollutes our environment unless people start recycling some of that garbage. We also have to let them know that with too much trash in our environment, we along with the fishes in the sea and the birds in the air can no longer survive. We must inculcate in them the awareness that a polluted environment is a threat to our very own survival. Hence, the need for waste recycling in order to clean the surroundings.

2. Teach your child to observe the surroundings. Let him or her watch the corners in the community, the streets, the alleys, or his or her immediate surroundings. During these situations, point out to him the garbage that pollutes these places. Teach him or her how this garbage eventually pile up and bring about diseases among humans and kills life. During that time, tell him or her that recycling can prevent such horrible consequences from occurring.

3. When the child is already aware of the dangers of pollution and the need to do some waste recycling, set up a recycling center in your own home. There should be different bins for specific waste products. Allow the child to label these bins so he or she gets involved. There should be three bins: for glass objects, for cans, and for plastic materials. Make your child aware that the trash in these bins can be recycled for future use.

4. Enroll your kids in classes that teach how to recycle goods. Centers ran by environmentalists often teach craft classes for paper recycling and other forms of waste recycling. Aside from teaching the kids recycling, these centers give kids an outlet to hone their creativity, which is in fact is important during their formative years.

5. You with your kid can also start a community event that focuses on recycling. You can coach your kid to perform some recycling activities with his or her friends. Through these activities, your kid and other kids experience fulfillment in being able to help out clean the environment by recycling.

6. You should lead by example. Perform your part by doing some waste recycling in your own house. Kids follow the example of their elders. So throw the proper trash in the appropriate garbage bins for recycling you and your kid created. This allows them to emulate what you do in waste recycling.


This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry Articles.

This Article is written by John C Arkin.


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