Let’s admit it, how many times do we tell our kids to take out the trash, and when we check it is still in the same spot, unmoved? If you are frustrated with your kids not participating in keeping your trash tidy and segregated, there are ways you can do to make it enjoyable for them. Not only do you get some chores off your hands, but it can also serve as a bonding time for you and your kids. Here are some practical ways of making waste management enjoyable for both you and your kids.
Let them participate in sorting waste
It may seem like a dirty task, and it can be, but letting your kids join in sorting your waste educates them on the importance of the task. You can tell them how you need to ensure that your trash is segregated so that it does not end where it does not belong, and further harm the environment. Let them sort junk that Evergreen Junk Removal will pick up. Provide them with colorful gloves before you sort your garbage into different bins.
Assign specific tasks to each of your kids, so they know their responsibilities. Making them feel like adults with responsibilities will entice them to be receptive to your waste management efforts. Switch up their tasks so everyone can have the chance to handle every waste management responsibility.
Employ the reward system
It may seem like you are bribing your kids to do their chores, but if it does the job, then why not? For example, for every piece of trash disposed of correctly, each kid gets a reward. Whatever the prize is, it will encourage your kids to throw their trash in the proper bin.
Make upcycling a fun activity
Upcycling is when you make a piece of trash useful again. Supply your kids with art materials – like paint, brushes, etc. – and make every weekend time for upcycling cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, etc. They can create pencil holders out of plastic bottles, dollhouses, and forts out of cardboard boxes. Make them feel proud of their creations, and they will ask you for more things to do.
Organize a recycling drive in your neighborhood
Enlist the help of your neighbors in organizing a recycling drive. Their kids can join in as well, so it becomes a community activity. It can also become a sort of getting-to-know-your-neighbor activity. Set out snacks and drinks for everyone who will be participating. Your kids will see how much importance you give to recycling and saving the environment.
Take a trip to the recycling center
Take the whole family to the recycling center, and show your kids where recyclable materials end up, and what types of companies and individuals pick them up to make into new things. Treat the trip as a learning experience for your kids about the importance of recycling.
Make waste management a friendly competition
Ask your kids to collect plastic bottles and other recyclables, and whoever comes up with the most by the end of each month gets something from you.
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