Recycling in Schools

Recycling can only be successful if it’s practiced at the grass root level. In this light, it’s a great idea to teach school children the importance of recycling when they are most receptive. Teachers can use introduce a variety of recycling plans and activities to show children how the environment can be improved through recycling. When children learn about environmental conservation and recycling in school, there’s a greater chance that they will grow up to embrace a greener lifestyle. Let’s look at some of the recycling exercises and activities which can be introduced to school children.

Recycling Programs

In the United Kingdom, there are approximately 34,000 schools and they contribute to the recycling cause in a big way. Other than environmental preservation, recycling programs in schools also help to cut down on the expenses which are to be spent on waste disposal.

Paper Recycling

  • In schools, the main form of waste is paper, which constitutes approximately one quarter of all the school’s waste.
  • If your school is in need of a paper-recycling bin, you can contact the local council and request for it.
  • To promote paper recycling in the school, it’s useful to create an efficient collection scheme. Make “Paper Only” boxes for all the classrooms and instruct all teachers and students to throw all waste paper into the boxes. It’s important that the boxes are put in a prominent place and labeled clearly.
  • To get the students more involved in the recycling schemes, allow them to make labels and posters for the recycling bins.
  • To ensure that the recycling schemes will be successful, it’s important to inform the teachers and the students so that they will understand what’s required of them.
  • Teachers and staff of the school should be briefed about the importance of recycling, and teachers should pass the message to the students.

Metal Recycling

  • Nowadays, many schools have vending machines so it’s good to implement metal recycling schemes in these schools.
  • If your school is in need of a metal recycling bin, you can contact your local council and request for it.
  • Label the recycling bins clearly and place them right beside the vending machines so it’s easy for everybody to deposit the used tin cans.
  • Explain the importance of recycling to teachers and teachers so they understand how they can contribute to environmental conservation.
  • Try to look for a “cash for cans” program around your school.
  • The school should make it a policy to buy recycled print cartridges.

Composting Scheme

  • If your school needs a composting bin, you can get in touch with your local council and request for it. Sometimes, the council may provide the bins without charge. Talk to the recycling officer in your council to obtain more information.
  • Students and teachers can participate in the composting scheme by adding items like vegetable cuttings, fruit, coffee granules, and tea bags from the cafeteria.
  • If there’s a garden in your school, you can also add grass trimmings, plant cuttings, and leaves to the compost heap.

Educational Activities

Pupils will enjoy these fun recycling educational activities.

  • Sometimes, the best ideas come from children. Organize a role playing activity where the children can be encouraged to debate and speak their minds on recycling. You will be surprised by some of their ideas and sentiments.
  • There are many word search puzzles on recycling. When the students try to solve these puzzles, they will learn about the various terms associated with recycling.
  • Students can get confused by the recycling symbols. Get them to play “Name that Symbol” and they will soon be able to recognize the symbols.
  • Recycle materials by instructing students to use them for arts and crafts. This is a fantastic activity which exhibits that recycling can be a lot of fun.
  • Students can learn about various recyclable materials through the magnetism test of steel and aluminum cans.
  • To gauge how much students know about recycling, the school can distribute questionnaires. While they are answering the questionnaires, the students will also be stimulated to think more about recycling.
  • Get the teachers to organize discussions where the students are encouraged to express their opinions and views on recycling.