Teaching children about the importance of recycling
29 March 2019
Australia has one of the highest rates of creating landfill when it comes to developed country! Our ways and attitudes towards waste and recycling will be passed on to future generations, determining what kind of world they will live in the future. At a young age, it is important to embed sustainable practices into our children.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Firstly, identify the different types of waste and rubbish that we as humans produce. This includes discussing general household waste, mixed heavy waste (demo and construction), green waste, masonry and general solid waste. This makes it easier to identify recycling from general waste. Recycling will re-enter the human cycle of consumption and general waste will be buried in landfill.
ASK FOR THEIR HELP
From simple tasks like taking out the rubbish to sorting the recycling, these are all ways to get your children involved in the waste process. They will need to establish what can and can’t be recycled to help develop their knowledge in terms of what good/services they should purchase in the future.
This will help them understand what happens if waste is not collected, how bad off food can small and the potential diseases that it can carry.
BE PREPARED TO LEARN
Younger generations are always coming up with new, effective strategies to clean up the environment and reprocessing landfill for new uses such as metals. Our children can have the ability to teach us better ways to live in this world if we explain our waste concerns to them simply. Listen to their ideas and solutions. They could be great!
LET YOUR CHILDREN HELP YOU LOAD YOUR SKIP BIN
Letting your children give you a hand in the waste removal process will allow them to think creatively about other uses for the things that they are throwing out. This will also teach them great team work skills.