In the twenty-first century, there is no greater threat to the planet than climate change and global warming. Anybody who cares about the future of the planet for their children and their children's children needs to take action today in order to make sure that the earth is a safe place to live for future generations.
One of the most basic things that everyone can do is recycle. From metal recycling of soda cans to paper recycling, there are so many things that can be recycled. And it's imperative that you get your kids into the habit of recycling from a young age so that they don't even have to think about it as they grow up – it will simply be something they do instinctively.
But as all parents know, getting your kids to take action is often easier said than done. Here are some ways you can get your kids to become keen recyclers.
Turn it into a creative task. In order to recycle, you need to have some recycling bins that you can put recyclable materials into. This is an amazing opportunity to spend a fun weekend on a creative project with your kids. Get them to paint and decorate the recycling bins themselves, and let their imaginations run wild. On a metal recycling bin, maybe they could paint the things that scrap metal is turned into, such as cars. Or maybe you could get them to create their own recycling superheroes that they can paint on to each recycling bin.
Turn it into a competition. If you have more than one young child, you can actually turn recycling into a game and let your kids compete against each other to see how much they can recycle. This will get them to really think about which materials are and are not recyclable. The kid who recycles the most each week or each month could be rewarded by deciding what the fun family Saturday night activity is going to be.
Create a compost heap. Kids love to get their hands dirty, and creating a compost heap in the garden is another great way of teaching your kids about recycling. And with composting, you don't simply recycle things that get sent away to a recycle centre – you actually experience the reward of making nutrient rich soil from biodegradable materials that can then get used in the garden.
For more information, contact a local recycling plant or metal recycling facility.