Recycling Tips for the Whole Family

9/2/10 by Melissa McGovern

Photo courtesy of Steven DePolo via Flickr

Trying to get my family to recycle was a real battle.  While I fully expected that my children wouldn’t be pleased about the extra chores that sorting papers, plastics, and tins would bring, I didn’t anticipate the reluctance of my husband.  He was reluctant to put the effort into recycling and it took a while to convince him that we should do our part to help the environment.

What I’ve learned since then is that if it’s not easy or fun to do, recycling gets ignored.  So, if you’re looking for a way to get your family into recycling, then I have a few hard-earned tips for you.

Set up a Recycling Corner

The first thing I did was dedicate a specific area of my home to recycling. When everyone knows exactly where the sorting is done, you’ll have a much easier time of it because you won’t have to look around the house for the odds and ends that need to be sent out for recycling.

In addition, keep a plastic container under the kitchen sink or anywhere else that recyclables tend to accumulate.  This will help you reduce the amount of time running to and from the recycling area each day.  When the bin is full, just take it to the recycling area of your home so you can sort the items out quickly.

Newspapers

Get a box so you can toss your newspapers into it. To make things super simple, lay two pieces of string in the box and tuck the ends under it before you start to fill it up. Have your kids or somebody else toss the folded papers in there and when the box is full, pull the string out, tie it, and presto, you have a neat stack of newspapers.

Boxes

Keep a pair of large scissors handy in the recycling area, out of the little ones’ reach.  These can be used to cut boxes up as needed and can be very useful in reducing larger items.  You can even grab some children’s scissors and make cutting up boxes a fun, crafty activity for your kids!

Bottles

Rinse bottles and food packaging before you toss them into the recycling bin so that they don’t develop an odor.  Plus, if you rinse each item before you toss it in the bin, you won’t have to rinse it all at once before you take the recycling out.

Crush Your Recyclables

Crush items like plastic bottles, containers, and cans so that they take up less space in the recycling bin.  Your kids will have a blast stomping on things in the backyard!

Make recycling a family activity.  Get everyone together, turn on some bouncy music, and assign each family member a different job.  With everyone sorting stuff together, tasks will be completed more quickly and you’ll have a blast in the process.

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