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Recycling for Kids: Small Steps Towards a Better Future – 1-800 Got Junk

Posted: March 8, 2023

Why Recycling for Kids is Important

At 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we recycle the recyclables and donate the donatables whenever possible, and we believe it’s never too early to start talking to kids about how they can do the same. Starting the sustainability conversation early in a child’s life can help instill positive habits that will be easier to maintain as they age.

You can start by incorporating basic sustainability practices into your daily activities. For example, you could collect litter in a park, at the beach, or on your street as a family activity. Explain to kids in simple words how you decide to throw some things in the trash bin and others in the recycle bin. As they begin to learn, let them help decide whether an item should be placed in a trash or a recycle bin.

Waste reduction is important no matter where you are in the world. According to Ecomena, a group that advocates for sustainability in the Middle East, there are five main reasons you should be teaching kids about recycling:

  1. Recycling can become an engaging and entertaining activity for children at all ages. As a bonus, they’re participating in a worthwhile cause!
  2. They can learn interesting information about their environment through books, games, and videos. This may even spark a new hobby!
  3. By seeing where discarded materials end up, kids are able to learn that trash doesn’t magically disappear. This can involve driving by piles of rubbish, landfills, and littered streets.
  4. You can instill responsible buying practices early. This can be done by telling them why you should opt for water from a faucet as opposed to buying disposable water bottles.
  5. It can make a difference in the world at large. By sharing sustainability information with children, you are helping them make eco-friendly decisions that in turn help the environment as a whole.

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