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Jul 23, 2019

Ways to Teach Recycling and Eco-Friendly Behaviour

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There’s been an increase in people trying to treat the environment better, one of the biggest ways this has been achieved is through recycling. In 2000, the household waste recycling rate was 11%, however, the recycling rate for waste from households in England in 2017 was 45.2%, marking a 34.2% increase. Yet, it seems that not everyone quite knows how to recycle which is why the percentage of household waste recycling rate isn’t as high as it could be.

Many will put items into recycling bins in the hope that they are recyclable rather than being sure they are recyclable. Two in three Brits are worried about packaging and the types of materials used to package their favourite products, yet 56% are still confused by what can and cannot be recycled.

This demonstrates a need to educate society, particularly younger generations, on how to recycle properly and how to be eco-friendly. How can we teach the future generation to love the planet and recycle more?


Direct Students to the Right Resources

Local councils may operate their recycling in different ways. However, recycling is pretty standard across the UK and the only real difference between town tends to be the colour of the recycling bins. It is important for teachers to teach students according to the correct online council resources so they know what can and cannot be recycled in each bin. This can even be turned into a fun classroom game where students have to sort items into different bins and make group decisions on what items are recyclable.

Recycle Study Paper

Looking around the classroom, one of the most recyclable items are the students’ notebooks and exercise books, which is why it should be encouraged for pupil’s used exercise books to be put in the recycling bins after using them. Additionally, teachers should encourage students to use both sides of the page, avoiding the waste of paper in their exercise books.

Watch Environmental Documentaries

Students usually love it when they get to spend part of a lesson watching a movie, so why not utilise films that can be educational as well as documentaries looking at environmental issues? These are effective because it allows them to learn visually about the real issues that global warming and climate change are causing. They get to witness things that they would not see by just reading a text and can understand its true impact, encouraging them to change their behaviours.

Add Recycling Bins to the School

If your school doesn’t have recycling bins, provide your pupils with an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned by implementing them. If you have played classroom recycling games and looked at local resources, it is also a good idea to equip the school with recycling bins if it does not have them already. Creating a habit of recycling in your school can help students to implement what they have learnt and trying to put that into practice at home.


At Rhino Stationery, we’re trying to help make the world a better place which is why we continue to invest in ways to minimise our environmental impact, such as using recyclable materials and the 'Save the Rhino International' charity.

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