Recycle children at school: create a recycling school

Toronto, Aug 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – When school is in session, if your student is not already overwhelmed with sports, clubs and music programs, then start or help with a school refresher program would be a great curricular, educational extra-activity.

Recycling teaches children important lessons about the environmental impact of everyday life. Integrating recycling into school life helps children think about their role in creating a sustainable environment for future generations.

Recycling kids is easier than they think. Here are some steps to start a school recycling program or to support existing recycling.

School retraining begins at administration

Starting a school retraining program is much easier with the support of the administration, so it’s usually the first step. Recycling children provides a valuable scientific and environmental learning experience for everyone involved, something any administration could support.
Assess the need for recycling at school

A good first step in creating a school recycling program is an audit to identify the amount and types of waste in each part of the school: classrooms, offices, cafeterias, libraries, etc. This assessment will eventually identify where the school’s recyclable materials are produced.

Encourage children to recycle the right materials

When creating a school recycling program, it is important to determine what materials are accepted for recycling in the area. Earth911 is a great resource for finding local recycling facilities. The recycling coordinator (usually listed under solid waste, environmental protection, or public works on a community website) and the local recycling carrier should be able to identify materials accepted for recycling. They can also provide suggestions on how to run the school’s recycling program and can even help with equipment for collecting recyclables.

Create a recycling team for children

A student recycling coordinator and support team could help implement the school’s recycling program, and this is an effective way to encourage all students to recycle. Or an after-school recycling club that includes teachers and parents could work with school supervisory staff to create a collection system and encourage participation.

Make recycling bins easy to find and use

To make recycling as easy as possible for students and faculty, recycling containers should look different from trash cans and be just as widely available. Adding images of recyclable materials (plastic bottles, paper, aluminum cans) on or near school recycling containers helps everyone identify the right place for the right recyclables.

These are some basic steps for creating a school refresher program, although each program is different. Recycling can and should be a part of every school, business, and home, and starting at a young age is a great way to instill this ethic.

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