In 4K this past year, Jake's class spent some time learning about recycling. Prior to that, Jake had probably never heard of recycling. Jake came home every day during that time talking about recycling and begging me to let him start doing it.
I was reluctant, mostly because it was just one more thing to add to my list!
Once summer came and we were home a little more, Jake started going through the trash cans and telling me what things we could recycle. Rather than allow him to continue as a dumpster diver, I gave in and helped him start sorting things and teaching him which things to put aside.
By the time I got to the store to buy a container for our recyclables, our laundry room floor was full!! A friend mentioned that when her husband started their family recycling, it dramatically cut down on their trash. She was right!! We have much less trash now!
One question I do have....where can I take styrofoam to be recycled? The cups you get at McDonalds and other fast food restaurants have the emblem on the bottom, but our "dump" doesn't take them. Anybody know?? And which stores still have a place to put plastic grocery bags?
I have only made one trip to take our "recyclables" and I already am a HUGE supporter!! What was I thinking?!? By recycling, I am being a much better steward of the Earth that God gave us! And it took a 5 year old and his very smart teacher to help me to see that. :)