Kids' Recycling Resources
KidsRecycle.org is a great resource on the web to help you teach your kids to recycle. To use the site, just click the links under "For Kids" on the main page. This site has links to recycling and waste reduction sites on the web, news about kids recycling, an opportunity to design a Zero Waste poster and have it posted on the site and cool recycling songs to download.
The Kids' Recycling Zone has fun activities like a Recycling Magic Makeover, a true or false recycling quiz and a recycling Superhero Training activity.
The National Geographic website offers a Flash action game called Recycle Roundup. To play this game, you move your character around the scene to catch or pick up trash that falls from the sky. You then sort it into bins for recyclables, compost and items that can't be recycled. Aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and cell phones go in the blue recycling bin. Leaves, tea bags, egg shells, apple cores, carrots and banana peels go in the green compost bin. Paper and cardboard items such as phone books can go in either the recycle bin or the compost bin. Empty toothpaste tubes, broken plates and diapers must go in the red trash bin.
Using these ideas will help you to get your kids really interested in recycling. Come up with more creative ideas of your own or check the EPA's Environmental Kids' Club for more recycling games and activities.
Sources and Additional Resources:
"General Information on the Link Between Solid Waste and Greenhouse Gas Emissions," http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/waste/generalinfo.html
"Recycling Facts, Games and Crafts" http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/saving_energy/RECYCLINGFactsGamesCrafts02.PDF