Recycling and Children Education – Can Schools and Parents Help Fight Pollution?

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Environmental awareness is not an option today. It’s an obligation, and each of us has to bring their fair contribution. And children are no exception here. You and your child’s educators should aim to teach them more about recycling, the environment, sustainability, and how pollution changes the world as we know it. According to this study, the shy measures our society has successfully adopted until today are not a guarantee for a safe living environment for future generations. The matter is not limited to recycling, it extends to creating a more sustainable environment. 

Education is the root of a positive and sustainable attitude in regards to recycling and environmental awareness. According to a series of experts, the more educated a person is, the more likely they are to show greater concerns about such matters. For instance, people with secondary education are by almost 30% more likely to worry about pollution. People with tertiary education are almost 50% more likely to worry about similar matters. So, there is a clear connection between education and environmental awareness. But, with all that being said, how can we teach children to recycle more and show greater concern about such matters?

Circular economy and children education

Reduce, reuse, recycle. These are the three principles of a circular economy, but also of a sturdy environmental education. Parents, schools, and educators should find ways to implement and teach children these principles. The key is making children understand how the circular economy works at an early age. 

Fortunately for educators, foundations like the Eco-School Global work tirelessly to introduce children to these notions. Such programs have been implemented in Australia, Europe, Asia, and Africa. 

Schools all over the world have found aid in institutions and organizations. Local authorities, together with NGOs, develop recycling initiatives in schools and try to present the information about recycling in a fun and entertaining manner. This way, children are more likely to be engaged in discussions and debates; plus, they’re more likely to understand and become interested in the topic. The result? We witness the first generation of young entrepreneurs who focus entirely on embracing a circular economy model as much as possible. 

Teaching children recycling schemes

Education about recycling in schools should also include practical recycling schemes. Schools should invest in suitable bins, compactors, and balers that answer to their very specific needs. Unlike other establishments, educational institutions have fundamentally different recycling and waste management needs. But this doesn’t mean children shouldn’t be familiarized with both traditional and specific solutions. 

Not only recycling helps schools improve children’s education on recycling and environmental matters, but it also saves them money in terms of waste disposal. 

The main source of waist in schools is and will remain paper. At least ¼ of the rubbish in schools is paper. Each institution should invest in paper recycling bins. Besides, each classroom should have a paper-only bin, where children to be taught to dispose of the sheets they no longer need. Schools should clearly label the bins. This will make the recycling process easy and straightforward, even for small students. 

Apart from teaching children about metal and paper recycling methods and habits, they should look into embracing a composting scheme. The first step here is investing a compost bin. Both children and teachers can learn how to make compost. The process is easy and straightforward: just ask them to add tea bags, fruits, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable waste, and so on. And while the school takes care of this fun activity on premises, you should do the same in your household!

What can you do at home?

To keep children engaged and eager to follow good recycling conduct in their private lives as well, parents should bring their fair contribution to their children’s environmental education. Each household should have dedicated recycling bins. 

Children need consistency. This is why you need to clearly label each bin and to make a point of purchasing ones in the same colours as those present in schools. Besides, children are quite good at imitating behaviours, so you should make a point in following good recycling conduct yourself. 

Another good way to teach children recycling at home is by teaching them about selective recycling, about different strategies to reuse rubbish, upcycle their toys, or even how to recycle cooking old. 

You should also make a point of exposing children to as many eco and science videos and content. There are a lot of channels that do an amazing job of putting this sort of information in a fun and engaging manner.

Educational activities on recycling matter

When trying to introduce children to recycling, make a point of giving the process a fun vibe. A good way to let them learn the reduce, reuse, recycle paradigm is by getting crafty with recycled materials. 

There are a lot of projects on the web, so teachers should do a little research before the Arts class. This is a great way to let children use their imagination while saving the environment! There are a lot of Pinterest boards where teachers can find similar ideas to entertain and educate students. 

Minimalism helps improve Gen-Z’s perception of pollution 

We said before that parents and teachers should expose children to eco-aware content. Well, this is where influencers can get useful. Teach your children that being environmentally-aware and concerned is cool. Show them content from such online influencers and encourage them to discuss it with you. See if they want to “haul” rubbish together. Start from the backyard, and go from them. When you take them to the beach, do the same. This will become a habit and they are more likely to get involved in such actions when they grow, on their own. 

These are only some smart ways to teach your children to follow good environmental conduct, even at a young age. It all starts at home, but the way schools approach the matter also plays a huge role. The combined efforts of parents and children can already be seen in the new generations of entrepreneurs, and the way young children become more and more interested in the topic. 

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