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Global Recycling Day

  • Kip McGrath
  • Category Advice Column, Child, Education, Lifestyle, Parenting

Global Recycling Day is on the 18th of March, it teaches us to reflect on the impact of our daily actions on the planet. Recycling is a simple but powerful way to reduce waste, conserve resources, and protect the environment. Parents have a responsibility to teach their children about the importance of recycling and encourage them to take an active role in preserving the planet for future generations. In this blog, we’ll share some tips on how you can make recycling a fun and engaging activity for your children.

Why is Recycling Important?

Before we explore the practical tips, let’s first understand why recycling is so important. Recycling helps to:

  • Save resources: Recycling reduces the need to extract new raw materials from the earth, conserving precious natural resources such as water, trees and minerals.
  • Reduce waste: By recycling, we divert waste from landfills, reducing the amount of pollution and greenhouse gases that are generated.
  • Protect the environment: Recycling helps to conserve biodiversity, prevent habitat destruction, and reduce the overall impact of human activities on the environment.
  • Look after marine life: At least 14 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. By reducing plastics we can protect marine life from ingesting or getting entangled by plastic debris.


The Cambridge Primary Review Trust conducted a study on Primary Education for Global Learning and Sustainability, which highlights the importance of teaching children about environmental sustainability from an early age. The study found that those who had learned about recycling and sustainability in primary school were more likely to recycle, conserve energy, and reduce their carbon footprint as adults.

The study also found that children taught about sustainability were more likely to engage in environmental behaviours, such as turning off lights, using public transport, and buying eco-friendly products. These behaviours were more likely to be sustained over time, indicating that early education can have a lasting impact on environmental attitudes.

By teaching our children about the importance of recycling, we can help them develop a sense of environmental responsibility and inspire them to protect the planet. 

Tips for Teaching Children About Recycling

  1. Start small: Encourage your children to start recycling by setting up a small recycling station in your home. Provide separate bins for different types of waste, such as paper and plastic. Then teach your children how to sort and recycle their waste safely.
  1. Make it fun: Recycling doesn’t have to be boring! Get creative and make recycling a fun and engaging activity for your children. For example, you could create a recycling-themed art project or a point-based system on how much recycling they can do with rewards.
  1. Lead by example: Children learn by example, so make sure to demonstrate recycling practices. Show your children that recycling is important by making it a regular part of your daily routine.
  1. Talk about the impact: Take the time to explain to your children why recycling is important and the benefits it can have on the environment. 

Global Recycling Day is a reminder that we all have a role to play in protecting the planet. As parents, we can help our children develop a lifelong love and respect for the environment by teaching them the importance of recycling. By starting small, making it fun, leading by example, and talking about the impact, we can inspire the next generation of environmental stewards to take action and make a difference.

At Kip McGrath Education Centres, we believe in the power of education to change the world. As we celebrate Global Recycling Day, we encourage parents to teach their children about the importance of recycling and taking action to protect the planet. By instilling environmental values in our children, we can create a brighter and more sustainable future.

If you’re looking for ways to help your child achieve their full potential, Kip McGrath can help. Our qualified tutors can provide personalised lessons and give the attention your child deserves, helping them build confidence, improve their skills, and reach their goals.

Let’s work together to create a brighter future for our children and the planet. So, take the first step towards building your child’s confidence by booking a free assessment. 

Kip McGrath offers personalised learning programmes for primary and secondary students in their core subjects.  A free assessment helps to identify a child’s strengths and learnings gaps. Individualised lessons are planned and offered by qualified teachers tailored to address each child’s specific learning needs. The learning programme specialises in comprehension, reading, spelling in English and Afrikaans, as well as Maths.

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