Recycling our waste materials offers countless benefits and is an effective way to reduce our individual carbon footprint. Many adults are making the switch over to recycling as opposed to sending their rubbish to a landfill and are beginning to get their children involved. This is a great idea, as teaching this sort of good behaviour to children when they are young encourages good behaviour as teens and adults.
Primary schools are beginning to help parents out via the introduction of recycling programs within schools. Schools, in general, have a tendency to generate a lot of waste material, due simply to the high volume of traffic that schools experience: students, staff, and visitors all contribute to the waste accumulation at school. Because schools accumulate a high volume of rubbish, it is of course wise that they attempt to recycle as much as they possibly can.
Implementing a Recycling Program at School
When implementing a recycling program at any large facility it is important know the audience, which in this case, is composed of small children. Small children may not understand the concept of recycling or why it is beneficial, so schools may wish to have a guest speaker or a representative from the local recycling or waste management facility stop by and hold an assembly to explain the basics to children and answer any questions that they might have. These professionals sometimes bring pamphlets that explain things further to children or even little gifts like stickers or buttons for the children.
Make Recycling Fun
After explaining what recycling is and how it works, primary school staff should explain the program to the children. This includes a variety of topics including where the find recycling bins, how to identify what kind of material goes into what kind of bin, and what to do if the nearest bin is full. When a child understands the concept of the program and what they are expected to do fully, it makes it much easier to move forward. Staff should also encourage children to look at the labels and markings on containers in order to determine whether or not it is recyclable.
Make Recycling Easy
Many schools choose to institute a multicoloured bin policy, which is great for very young children. By using multicoloured bins, the child is given a visual representation of what kind of material is supposed to go inside. For example, in a child’s mind they may associate yellow with plastics or blue with paper. This makes it much easier for them to identify what bin they should be using. Other schools may use uniformly coloured bins but place a picture of what kind of waste is supposed to go inside. For example, a picture of aluminium can for a metal bin or a picture of a newspaper for the paper bin.
Make Recycling Educational
Once the recycling program gets into full swing, it can be very helpful to take the children on a day trip to the local recycling plant that the waste is shipped to. While it doesn’t sound like it would be pleasant or fun for the children, it can provide them with an informative experience, allowing them to understand what the end result of their efforts is and where the recycled material ends up after coming to the recycling plant.
Make Recycling Rewarding
If primary schools want to make a recycling program really successful, they could institute a competition or even a school-wide goal with some sort of prize. Offering the children a reward for good behaviour is a great way to reinforce it. Something like a pizza party or a field trip to a local arcade or zoo is a great idea that rewards children for their good behaviour and encourages them to cont