We, as adults, know the basics about recycling and what logos to look for on containers to know if it can be recycled. But what if this was taught in schools so that children have the same understanding? Could this potentially change the future of plastic waste?
Teaching children important lessons about recycling in schools, in everyday life and also about environmental issues could change the way children think before they throw away their rubbish.
Before we can even begin to teach the children about recycling, it needs to begin with the adults. If all members of staff, and parents, can lead by example, this will then make it easier for the children to understand.
Making recycling part of teaching in schools does not need to be boring; there are lots of fun activities and projects which can be incorporated into learning that can make the children enjoy recycling.
Recycling Clubs or Councils: Being involved in a club is something that every child enjoys. A recycling club can be an important role for the children to ensure that their peers are putting the correct items in the correct bins. They could also monitor what has been collected on a regular basis and even make a chart of their progress. They may even create games and projects for their peers.
Using Recycled Products in Lessons: Using recycled products in subjects like art and science can also be beneficial to children. By using these products to create sculptures and collages can excite the children, which in turn can then encourage them to use recycled materials around the home; or even collect them to bring to school to use in their next masterpiece. The recycled plastic products can also be used as plant pots, where the children can grow their own flowers or vegetables and monitor their growth as part of any science project.
School Games: Does your school have house teams? Why not get the whole school involved by running a competition to see which house team can recycle the most products.
Contacting your Local Council: Contacting your local council and informing them that you want to begin a recycling program at school can be very beneficial. Councils will be more than happy to work with you and can even help with information for the children as to what can be recycled.
The list of activities is endless of how you can get your children to recycle. By using these methods, this can give children a better understanding of the countless items in schools, around the home and also when they are out and about that can be recycled. This can then be taken a step further by showing the children the current situation of plastic waste in the ocean, the effects this is having on the sea-life and also how we can all help prevent this.