I love teaching young people about recycling. It is a simple action that students of every age can take to help people, animals, and the environment. And even though recycling is far from being a panacea for all our environmental problems, it is an excellent way to teach students to be conscious about where the materials they use come from and where they end up when they are disposed of.
Teach About the Benefits of Recycling
Whenever I try to promote a certain behavior, I start by explaining why it is important. I tell students how recycling prevents items from going to landfills, reduces our use of natural resources, and reduces pollution during the process of extracting and creating new materials.
For younger students, I often focus on recycling paper because students use a lot of it in elementary school. I explain how paper comes from cutting down trees and that when they …