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How To Get Kids Involved With Recycling

My family and I seem to be baking more — meaning more activity in my kitchen and experimenting with new recipes! Because of this, there’s more packaging, wrapping and ESPECIALLY more recycling every week.


Do you recycle at your home? It’s important to start talking to your kids about recycling and how they can help at a very young age. This way it becomes a life-long habit.

But how can we help kids become eager and interested when it comes to recycling? Today, I’d like to share ways that will help make recycling* a part of your child’s everyday life!

Read Books About Recycling

Head to your local library or bookstore or look online for recycling books on Amazon. I find that reading to kids is the perfect way to introduce topics that that are new or possibly complicated. It helps them to realize how important things are when their favorite characters are learning about the same issues. Try The Magic School Bus Gets Recycled, The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle, and Don’t Throw That Away.


Start At The Grocery Store

When you’re shopping at the supermarket, talk about different types of foods that come in recyclable containers, such as cartons — which are a better choice than containers that need to be tossed in the trash. Show kids the markings on containers that indicate how they are to be recycled. Make it a game!

Label It

Do you have separate bins for different types of recyclables at home? Label these with big words that your kids can read or with pictures for younger tots. They’ll have fun matching up the containers with the labels, and not to mention, it’ll be a big help to mom and dad!

Tour A Recycling Center

Check online to find a recycling center near you that would be open for a visit. Some centers offer tours for kids, and you might even be able to convince your child’s school to take a field trip! Your kids will have a blast seeing the behind-the-scenes operation of what happens to their recyclables!

Celebrate America Recycles Day

On November 15th make plans to celebrate America Recycles Day with your family! Gather ideas for making crafts with recyclables from your home — like bird feeders from milk cartons. Or picking up litter and recyclables at a nearby park is a great way to connect with your family while at the same time giving back to the community.

I hope these ideas help your kids — and your entire family — get involved with recycling at home! Purchasing foods and beverages that come in cartons is a great way to make it easy for your kids to get involved in recycling at home and at school. Then, everyone can get in on the recycling fun!

*Recyclable only where facilities exist. Visit to see if recyclable in your area.


Amy Bellgardt

Amy Bellgardt is a wife, mom, lifestyle & travel blogger, foodie, nerd and coffee drinker. In 2008, she created the blog MomSpark as a way to connect with fellow moms, exchange tips and share stories. She was looking for an outlet as a stay-at-home mom and quickly found the community she needed in the social media and blogging world. Mom Spark now consists of three writers and has a wide range of articles for moms that include recipes, travel, green living, social good initiatives, crafts/diy, blogging advice, fashion, parenting and decor.

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