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Simple, Yet Effective Ways To Teach Your Kids To Recycle

Are you looking for ways to go green? You’re not alone. I’m definitely on this bandwagon and a lot of other people are too.

But it’s the future generation that we need to think about. It’s the kids who are going to shape whether we can preserve the beauty of this world.

So, I think it’s important to teach them about going green. Recycling is one of the best options to consider here.

The concept is simple enough that they will be able to understand it. There are a few different ways you can teach your kids to recycle. Here are some of my ideas.


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Kids do start printing from quite an early age, with or without your help. They often need to print docs, reports, and papers for school.

So, it’s worth looking at how they can learn about recycling here. You might already be recycling with your printer by using remanufactured ink.

These are made from recycled cartridges and as an extra benefit save you money. If you are interested you can check out for more info.

Kids might grasp this concept, but there is a simpler choice. You can teach them to use both sides of the paper.

Smart printers will do this automatically. For others, you need to manually switch it around. It’s a great way to teach them about saving the forests and why trees are important too.


It’s really easy to introduce the concept of upcycling to your kids. The greatest option here is to engage in arts and crafts with your kids.

You can then use items that they or you might want to throw out to create new products. There are plenty of examples of this.

One possibility would be old shoes and trainers. With a little DIY, these can be transformed into quirky plant pots.

As well as teaching kids about recycling, it’s a way to get them outside as well. You can get them in the yard and ensure that they are learning about recycling outdoors.

Another popular option would be creating storage items from old wood and other materials. This is another concept the kids will quickly understand.

Collecting Cans And Bottles

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If you want kids to connect to a concept, you often need to show them the value of it. This is particularly true for slightly older children.

Recycling does cater to this possibility. That’s because by trading in cans and bottles kids can earn money. So, it’s worth taking them on the hunt for these.

It’s also a great option for teaching them about the importance of not littering at the same time.

If kids see there is literal value in recycling, they’ll be more interested and more likely to engage with it.

Set Up A Recycling Point At Home

You might want to think about setting a mini recycling point up at home. Make sure that you label the area with items that can be added to the recycling. Don’t make it too complicated.

Instead, let the kids add the paper, cardboard, cans, and bottles. You can then teach them from there and show them the different types of items that can be recycled.

Set A Good Example

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Kids do pick up on what we do. You’ll notice younger kids, in particular, watching you. They’re learning, they’re understanding the world based on your decisions.

That’s why you need to lead by example. You can do this by making sure you are purchasing recycled products and recyclable materials. For instance, you can get your bag for life and take them shopping.

During the shopping trip, you can point out items that are recyclable and that should be used.

Explore The Rooms

Finally, you can think about exploring the rooms and areas of your home for items that can be recycled.

You can do this with your little ones and it can be a fun way to spend the day. You’ll probably found there are countless items around that can be recycled that you might not have thought of.

This really could be anything from old clothes to metal and other materials. You also get the added benefit of being able to declutter and free up space.

I hope this helps you understand some of the best ways to make sure that you are teaching kids to recycle. There are so many fantastic possibilities. All it takes is a little imagination to get started.

The best part is that, as we’ve shown, you can incorporate recycling anywhere with anything.

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