Recycling: A Less-Traveled Path of Learning

Recycling: A Less-Traveled Path of Learning

The average person, it has been found, generates 4 pounds of trash everyday and 1.5 tonnes of solid waste every year. Wouldn't you like to have a part in changing that? Change, they say, is constant, so is recycling.

Before you start on your process of adding up to the above statistics, stop for a minute. Think strategies, recycle. With overpopulation on a high, waste management is a colossal issue to be faced with nowadays. Now we can't control the former as quickly as we would like to, but we have more hold over the latter.

A Few Overwhelming Facts

Following are a few facts about recycling:

  • 75 percent of waste generated by us is recyclable. But we recycle only 30 percent.
  • Recycling one-tenth of the newspapers would save about 25 million trees every year.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your television for three hours whereas recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks.
  • Recycling plastics saves as much energy as you spend by burning it in an incinerator.
  • Recycling 1 million laptops could save enough energy to light up over 3000 homes.

Recycling at Home

Teach your little one recycling at home first. It is important for your kids to know the benefits of recycling. The whole process of recycling involves three major aspects:

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle

Teach your kids to identify their necessities and to differentiate between their wants and needs. Reducing the “wants” would call for lesser amount of waste generated. Learning the values of materials that are bought for them is important. Children tend to lose interest in an object once it has been used by them and it goes to waste. Teach them the value of things that they are provided with. You could also incorporate innovative ideas to make those endeavors interesting.

Finally, recycling their toys, pens, papers, food, electronic gadgets etc is important as well. You can start doing it yourself since kids learn best from observation. Another good way is to design creative games for your kids to playfully induce recycling habits in them. Following are a few ways to induce recycling habits in your kids:

  • Read an inspiring book on recycling
  • Encourage them to participate in community activities
  • Teach them to conserve energy instead of wasting it
  • Begin recycle programs at home
  • Teach them to save water

You could take some time out for your kids and recycle the junk in your house into interesting crafts. Make a greeting card, Christmas decorations, photo collages, origami, bird cage decorations and whatever catches your fancy. You could even build a teepee together to snuggle into, in his room. Make recycling fun, not a task.

Recycling Programs in Schools

If you are a teacher, you could initiate a recycling process at your school. Teach your students the values of recycling in a fun and engaging way whilst supporting a child's personal development. Get your students to start a recycling program. You can advise them to:

  • Form a team
  • Identify issues concerning waste management
  • Get permission from the higher authorities
  • Organize a recycling camp with your students
  • Advertise
  • Bring color into your campaign, make colorful bins, pamphlets or posters

Assigning responsibilities to students would make children more interested in these ventures. You could even raise money to make it a community movement.

The celebrated WC Music Festival in Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, United States hosted a children's event “Jazz it up with Trash” to promote recycling.

“They can take an old file folder, roll it up and it turns into a horn. But of course that is reuse. So the next aspect that we are teaching them here today is when they are done with their horn is to recycle it, where it goes and how to do that,” Rachel Mansell with Florence Recycling was quoted as saying at the event.

The “My Tree House” initiative taken up by 11 like-minded partners who were determined to encourage children to learn and care more about the environment. Most of the things in this library are made from recycled materials, including carpets, bookshelves, partition wall-boards and even ceilings.

Recycling is one of the most imperative aspects of life. Building up the fundamentals should start at an earlier age so as to build a proper insight into the applications of this attitude. Learning is not just about enrolling in the right courses, but also about how much we give back to the environment. And recycling is one of the ways to nurture the right values in ourselves and our children.


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