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Recycling is important to the environment and to our kids’ future, so it is important to make it a family priority! Â Here are 5 easy tips that can my recycling more fun and easy, and that don’t take much time or money.
#1 Make it Convenient
If recycling is inconvenient it isn’t going to happen! Have multiple recycle bins in your house, and make sure they are near where recycling will occur. If the only recycle bin is outside in the garage you and the kids are much less likely to use it. We keep a bin for plastics in the kitchen, and multiple bins for paper all around the house, and especially near printers.
#2 Know the Rules
Every area has different regulations about what will be accepted for recycling and how it has to be sorted. In our county plastics and glass can be combined, but paper and cardboard need to be separated. If you don’t follow the rules there is a chance all your stuff will be thrown in the garbage, which defeats the whole purpose!
#3 Donate Things You No Longer Use
Donating unused things is a great way to both encourage recycling, and to help kids to not get too attached to “stuff”. My homeschoool co-op has a “Free Table” where every week unneeded items can be brought in and taken home by someone else. At the end of the day anything left over is donated to a local charity. Â We keep a basket handy to store our unneeded items until they are donated.
#4 Educate and Encourage
Teaching kids the about protecting the environment when they are young is important for establishing life long habits, so I try to incorporate caring for the environment into school subjects. This fall I taught a class to local homeschoolers on environmental engineering and reducing runoff. The class was lots of fun, and included lots of hands on activities the kids loved, like building a green roof and spraying it with water to simulate a rain storm. Using hands on educational activities really makes an impression on children and helps them learn.
#5 Buy Items Made from Recycled Materials
You can buy many items that are made from recycled materials, from toilet paper to clothing. And the list of items made from recycled materials is constantly growing! Energizer recently introduced the first battery on the market to use recycled batteries/materials, the EcoAdvanced batteries. Not only are they recycled, but these new batteries are also Engergizer’s longest lasting alkaline batteries ever.
I picked up some of the AA EcoAdvanced batteries at Walmart, where they were easy to find in the large Battery Center at the front of the store. The batteries also come in AAA size, but AA is the size we use the most, since they are used in many electronics, like our Xbox controllers.
My kids and I like knowing that we can be conscious about the environment, even in simple things like picking a battery to use when playing video games!
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How do you encourage your family to recycle?