However if one has poor recycling habits as an adult it is most likely to remain that way. The old saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" would hold relatively true in an example like this. This is why it is very important to instill positive habits with our children and society at a young age. I am a firm believer that everything can be accomplished through properly educating people, mainly youths. The earlier good habits are ingrained, the easier it is to incorporate them into your daily life. Here are some activities that will help kids understand what recycling is and how they can be part of it:
1. Litter in the park. Visit a park or beach, where you can point out the trash on the ground. Explain how this can affect wildlife like birds, which may eat the garbage and get sick. Bring some bags and pairs of gloves to help clean it up.
2. Make recycling bins. Sorting out recyclables is a surprisingly fun activity for young kids. Let them decorate bins with pictures of what should go in each one (paper, plastic, cans, etc. — depending on how the recycling is sorted in your area) and then give them some items to practice sorting. Explain how it’s important to put everything in the right bin so that it can all be processed easily once it gets to the recycling facility.
3. Bedtime stories. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a classic, is a great way to give kids an early entrée into the world of environmentalism. The Little Green Books from Simon & Schuster are also fun reads and include titles like The Adventures of an Aluminum Can, My First Garden and I Can Save the Ocean!
4. Explore the rooms of your house. When recycling, we often mainly focus on the kitchen, but there are things you can recycle and reuse all over your home. Have kids walk into a specific room and point out what they think can be recycled — if you’re not sure, research it together. Whether it’s stuffed animals in a bedroom, paint in a garage or bottles in a bathroom, there are plenty of items that don’t have to be destined for the landfill. Go over how items can be reused or upcycled, too — old toys can be donated to charities, pants that are outgrown can turn into shorts and mismatched board game pieces can become jewelry. This will help kids get in the habit of thinking about where their outgrown items can find a new home once they’re done with them.
5. Recycling relay. In a grassy area, set up a row of recycling bins, each which accept something different. Then split a group of kids (elementary school age works well for this game) into teams and have them take turns running to the bins, depositing an item in the correct container, then racing back and tagging a teammate, who then picks up an item and runs to the bins. The first team to correctly recycle all their items wins. To add an extra challenge, include some items that can’t be recycled so that kids can learn what has to go in the trash. You may want to add a composting bucket as well.
Before establishing recycling habits it is important to educate people how their community collects recyclying and more importantly what can be recycled. Materials In majority of communities; Acceptable Materials for Recycling include; Newspaper (with inserts) Magazines/Catalogues Junk mail (remove free samples; plastic envelope window is ok) White & colored paper/brown bags Telephone books Flattened food boxes Paperback books Milk and juice cartons Juice/soy milk boxes Flattened cardboard boxes Pizza boxes (empty) Glass bottles/jars. (lids and labels ok) Tin and aluminum cans, foil, and pie plates (lids and labels ok) All plastic containers (caps & lid may stay. No motor oil or chemical containers) NEW! cardboard/spiral cans (potato chip, coffee, nut cans, etc) NEW! rigid plastics (laundry baskets, buckets, toys, etc)
Other then the $.05 per can that is rewarded for recyclying at local exchanges there are other ways to recyle that can result in a profit for the person performing the deed. An example of this would be the recycling of electronics..Many electronics have parts that are harmful to the environment, so recycling them responsibly is very important. Stores such as Best Buy will recycle your old electronics for free. You can even try to get cash for your old electronics depending on the quality and type of gadgets they are on a site like Gazelle. If your gadget isn’t worth any money, they will still recycle it in an environmentally safe way for you.
Textiles and clothing can be recycled in a number of ways that can help keep these items out of landfills. Instead of throwing out old clothes into the trash, consider donating your clothes that are still wearable to an organization such as the Salvation Army so they can get them to people who can use them. Another great program in partnership with the New York City Housing Works, is a textile and clothing recycling program called re-fashioNYC. The program is free to the building and taxpayers and places bins right within housing apartments with 10 or more units, making it extremely easy for people to responsibly recycle and donate their clothing and textiles. The program picks up clothes, shoes, handbags, towels, blankets, curtains, belts, and other textiles, and tax receipts are available to donors. Tenants, landlords or businesses that are interested in getting these bins placed in their buildings for free should inquire using the online form, and can find more information out on the website. Although recycling clothing does not necessarily provide a monetary reward to the person doing the recycling, it can yeidl a form of moral satisfaction knowing that by recycling your old unused or worn clothing will help others in need.
since women make up a majority of population in some of these poverty stricken areas, it would be beneficial to teach to the young women at a young age to travel in "buddy" groups. Teach women the risks of traveling alone versus using the buddy system will show to these women the benefits and dangers of using the "buddy System" vs not using it. Traveling in numbers is always a great idea and limits your chances of being attacked. Even in non poverty stricken areas, there is always stories of women in the local news, talking about being attacked while on a late night jog or walking home from a friends house late at night alone. Teaching women to be smart and travel (especially at night) in pairs or more will reduce their odds of being victim to attack or harassed,. Women groups are also important, holding small gatherings where women can share their stories, experience, and ideas on how to better increase their odds of safety. Women hearing and learning of other experiences will make others see that realness of the situations and show to women that this can happen to them. These groups will also empower women to be strong and be safe