If you are looking for a great way to teach your family about the importance of taking care of the environment, a family recycling project might be just the activity you need. Recycling is a great way to reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills, plus in some cases, it can even earn you a little bit of extra spending money. Starting a recycling project as a family is a great way to work together to help conserve natural resources and improve our planet’s environment. Here are some tips you can use to help get your recycling project started today.
The Planning Process
If you have never recycled before, it can be helpful to do a bit of planning in advance. Think about the kind of trash your family generates to see how you can minimize it. For example, recycling aluminum cans might be a good place to start if you frequently purchase canned soda and juices. It is often best to start small and take baby steps when first implementing a family recycling project. Then, once your family becomes accustomed to the concept of recycling, you can always start collecting other items as well. Choose an area in your home that can serve as your recycling center. Good choices include a corner of the basement or the garage. If your community offers curbside recycling, contact the proper city authorities to obtain a recycling container if they are provided. Otherwise, a large plastic or metal trash can or even a cardboard box can suffice. Find out what your community’s guidelines are for collecting recyclable containers. If you’re using your recycling bin, it’s always easier if you line the bin with a large trash bag to make it easy for taking to the recycling center. Always make sure that everyone knows to rinse out cans and bottles before putting them in the recycling containers so you can avoid attracting insects and little creatures.
Set a Goal
Since projects always seem to be more successful when there is a goal in mind, it can be a good idea to define your recycling project objectives in advance. If you want to earn a little extra spending money, then you’ll want to focus on recyclable items that you can get money for like aluminum cans. If you plan to spend your recycling proceeds on a particular item, such as a night out at the movies, it can be helpful to remind family members of this goal. One example is to hang a picture of your local movie theater or movie last night near the recycling center as a good motivator and reminder.
If you want to achieve your recycling goals, you will likely have to adjust your trash management habits. Try creating a bit of excitement by holding a few family recycling competition events. One fun way is to award the person who recycles the most cans as the “Best Recycler” and give them some prize. You can even display the winner’s picture in a 4×6 picture frame on the wall for all the family to see.