When you think of recycling, you are probably thinking paper, plastic, and cardboard but what about electronic waste? The electronics that you enjoy on a regular basis such as phones, computers, and tablets need to be recycled too. Recycling and properly disposing of electronic items is just as important for our environment.
I recently shared an article on twitter titled, How to Dispose of Electronic Waste on Earth Day – and Every Day.
— Trisha Grimes (@MommaTBlog) May 1, 2016
As a Verizon customer, I was happy to read about Verizon’s Green Team and how they are educating and helping others properly dispose of their e-waste. In the article was a great list of resources for properly discarding e-waste.
As a parent, This got me thinking about how important it is to include our children in the recycling process and teaching them the importance of electronic recycling. Not sure where to start? Here are 5 ways you can teach children about electronic recycling!
Take your kids to an electronic recycling center.
This is one of the best ways to teach your kids about electronic recycling. They get to see what happens firsthand when something needs to be recycled. Kids will be able to learn what happens to their iPhones, Androids, and PCs when they are no longer being used.
Do a little research.
Another great way to teach your children about electronic recycling is to show them what happens when electronics are not recycled. Electronics are not biodegradable and can’t break down on their own, which is why it’s important to recycle as much as possible. When you help your kids to do the research, they will understand the importance of recycling those electronics.
Coordinate an electronic recycling event.
Something that I have thought about but haven’t executed is actually coordinating a recycling event. How cool would it be to get everyone to bring in their old electronics for recycling? Instead of throwing stuff away, this is an awesome way to get the community involved. Your community may not understand how valuable it is to recycle their electronics, but with your kids’ help, they’ll learn in no time.
Find ways to upcycle old electronics.
While it’s really cool to get involved in recycling those old electronics, it’s also really cool to let your kids learn to upcycle too. Some kids are great at taking a computer and building something out of it. While upcycling is a really cool way to get your kids involved and to teach them about electronic recycling.
Teach your kids to be proactive about electronic recycling.
While it’s fun to teach about electronic recycling, it’s not something you want to teach about just once and be done. Instead, make sure your kids understand the value behind being proactive about recycling electronics and other items. The future of the earth is dependent upon us taking care of it now!
What tips do you have for teaching children about electronic recycling? I’d love to hear your tips!
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