Waste management at an individual level is not only extremely beneficial for the environment but also a self-rewarding process. Given the unprecedented ways in which humans have harmed nature, it is no more a choice to be environment-friendly. It is an obligation. Involving kids would be the right way to go about it since they can adopt greenways without much ado. However, before evolving waste management practices, for them to be effective, it is necessary to know the most common types of waste that our routine and specifically kids’ activities can produce. Most of the waste we callously dump in the dustbin can actually be recycled in some way and be used again quite a few times.
Refuse management for recycling and that too at home can be a mammoth task for most of us who are caught unawares, not knowing how to go about it. However, there is little reason to fret given that there are many easy endeavors we can embark upon along with our kids to achieve the same. Recycling is nothing but viewing the waste in a slightly creative manner and making it into reusable objects. The main goal is to minimize resource lost, pollution that could be caused, conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gases.
Any information regarding the same mostly constitutes a comprehensive list of everything of our daily use that can be recycled deftly glass, batteries, furniture, paper, plastic etc. Teaching children the same can be easier if we make it a stepwise process.
- Recycle: Make them learn to not just toss everything in the trash. Lots of things for example cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard are waste products they are much acquainted with. They can be recycled into either the same kind of thing or new products or even showpieces. New items from recycled ones also take less energy and fewer resources than making products from brand new materials. It will also teach them how to be resourceful with things. A recycled soda bottle can be made into T-shirts, combs, or hundreds of other plastic goods that can be used for many years. Even your brand new computer case might be made from ordinary recycled plastics. Ignite their creativity with cool science gifts.
- Reduce: You can teach your kids to reduce waste by selecting products that are not wasteful in their packaging. Also, ask them to take old plastic and paper bags back to the grocery store for reuse or recycling. A key part of the waste reduction is the conservation of natural resources and less than usual use in order to decrease waste.
- Re-Use: While children have an anticipation for “new” and newer possessions, they need to be taught to reuse at least the things reusable. Bicycles can be repaired rather than replaced. From paper bags to refilling their pens and using copies with recycled pages, it is in a wide range of ways that kids can reuse their belongings.
- Compost your waste: At home, it can be presented as fun and games are always exciting. Create a compost pit in your own house and stock your toolkit with Laboratory equipment like safety funnel, filters etc. Introduce them to this as food for plants as it might change their outlook towards recycled waste. It would register much better with children when they learn that it is somebody else’s food (worms).
- Encourage them to carry water bottle: In all the outdoor activities and errands they run, you should make sure that water is constantly accompanying them. By encouraging them to carry their bottle of water, you will ensure that they do not resort to the aerated drinks that are sold in plastic bottles. The water remains cool for a longer time in clay bottles.
- Get Kids Engaged: The more they get involved in waste management, the better for their home, the school, the environment, and their perspective towards life. Generate awareness of the global scenario in them. Try to get their opinions as well. Get your child to encourage friends to practice waste reduction techniques and become environmentally friendly, too. Start waste management practices across the society, or start an environmental club to teach others about conservation, for instance. This would enliven them to the entire process.
- Example parents set: If you waste food your children are likely to waste it too. Similarly, if you trash your recyclables, your children won’t care whether the landfills they use are sustainable and they save trees or not. Don’t leave the shower running while you are on the phone else they too don’t think that saving water is important. For harmful waste, introduce to them chemical waste containers. The ethical behavior you put on is of utmost importance in regulating their behavior towards nature, for it’s the incentive and environmental empathy that is at work here.
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