Recycling With Kids

Going green is everywhere now and can seem pretty overwhelming at times. With so much information out there it can be hard to know where to start.

You don’t need to go green overnight; take small steps!

Recycling can be a good first step, and it’s also a great way to teach kids about waste.

There are a lot of good resources out there to help you show your kids why we recycle. One site featuring a lot of great information is Kids Recycle. It’s geared toward schools but parents will find the information helpful as well.

One good idea to help kids get involved comes from an episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 where Sara Snow visits. She took big buckets and had the two older girls use chalkboard paint to label the sides of the bins, designating which items go in which bins for recycling. She then made it into a sort of game, asking all the kids to go around the house and find the recyclable items.

Recyclezone is another website that can be helpful. The site has a wealth of games and activities to teach kids about recycling.

As for resources for parents, is a great site to find out where you can recycle different items. Just enter the item and your location and it will do all the guess work for you.

Recycling is becoming easier all the time. Most towns have curbside pick-up, so be sure to check with your city to see if they offer this convenient service. If not, ask about a drop-off locations. It’s a bit more work, but it’s definitely worth it in the end.

Recycling is one small step everyone can take to help our environment. Once you take your first step, the next will be even easier.

An original post for 5 Minutes For Going Green. Read more about Lisa’s quest to be more green at Retro Housewife Goes Green.

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2 Responses to Recycling With Kids
  1. Marizela (Potspoon!)
    March 16, 2009 | 8:50 am

    Love this post! Concise and to the point with really good links. Thanks!

  2. Lori
    March 23, 2009 | 9:13 am

    Thank you for the helpful links! I think it is important to teach our kids to recycle now, so it becomes a life long habit. Having grown up before recycling was the norm, I still have to pause before tossing an item in the trash, hopefully it will be a natural habit for my children. My preschooler already tells me “doesn’t that go in recycling” if I slip!