Make a conscious effort to make less waste, don’t buy things you don’t need, or items that are single use. Question; ‘Do I really need that?’ ‘Can it be recycled or just used once?’ ‘Is there a take-back scheme?’
Can old toys, clothing and books be reused at home by siblings? At a friend’s house? Or at a local school, playgroup, or hospital? Re-gift your items and be part of the sharing community! If the item is broken, it is often cheaper to repair than it is to buy new, so donate to organisations in need where you can.
This is where imaginations can run wild and we teach the next generation that repurposing is cool! You only have to look on Google, YouTube and Pinterest for thousands of ideas – Old T-shirts become tote bags, wellington boots transform into colourful plant holders, you can even make a toy car garage out of old kitchen and toilet rolls! Check out our WWKids Club page for lots of repurposing ideas!
Recycling education is paramount to ensure our children understand the importance of recycling and to changing behaviours. This starts at home and at school. Waste Wise Kids aims to teach children how to segregate waste, and to understand why it is so important, by showing them the journey of waste. Where does it go after it has left the house?
Landfill is not a sustainable solution
This is the final disposal solution, but it is not sustainable. We explain visually what landfill is and give children a sense of scale as to how big these are. For example: ‘247 football pitches’ is the largest one. There are not many landfill sites left – once they are full, they close and we don’t have enough space on earth to create more. Toxins such as arsenic, mercury, PVC, solvents, acids, cadmium, and lead leach into our soil and groundwater becoming an environmental hazard, leachate pollutes the land, ground water and waterways, and greenhouses gases are created from burying food waste with huge implications for climate change.