This topic is looking at the issue of recycling to give children a basic understanding of what recycling is and why it is important. What is recycling? Recycling is the process that uses old materials to make new products. Lots of things can be recycled including glass, paper, plastic and clothes. Recycling is very important as every family makes lots of rubbish. This activity could be run over 2 or 3 weeks. Taken from the BB Anchors Pro Pack community C-2-3
Examples of recyclable items - bottles, paper, cans, batteries
• Recycling template
• Masking tape
• Brown shoe polish (not liquid)
• Rag for buffing
Activity 1 - Why Recycle and How Do We Do It ? - Discussion
Aim: To educate and inform the children about why we should recycle and how we can do it in our homes and in our local area.
What is Recycling? Let the children answer if they can.
• Recycling is using things that we have already used to make new things.
• Why recycle? Let the children answer if they can.
• Why should you care about the rubbish — waste -that you and your family create and throw away each day? Why is it important to recycle and reuse? Let the children answer if they
• It takes time and energy to make the things we throw away — so it is a waste of time and energy to throw everything in the bin.
• If we reuse and recycle instead of throwing things away, less new things will need to be made. Many places in the world have been damaged to get the products that make our everyday items and this can destroy wildlife habitats and sometimes cause health problems for local people. Some of the things needed to make packaging cannot be replaced. Because we keep on using them they will begin to run out
• Recycling uses less energy than making new things. Every tin can made from recycled metal saves, enough energy to use a television for up to 3 hours.
How do we recycle?
• Have a recycling bin at home for the things that can be recycled. Only put in it what can be recycled such as glass bottles, drinks cans and paper.
• Take clothes and old shoes to a clothes bank. You can find these in the car park at your local supermarket.
• Get a compost bin to recycle your wasted food scraps and garden waste into compost This can be used to grow new food or flowers in your garden
• Check out www.recyclenow.com to find out what can be recycled and where.
• The Boys’ Brigade has its own recycling scheme called GB recycling. Go to www.bbrecycling.org.uk to find out more on how you can join the scheme and make money for your group from recycling your old mobile phones and printer cartridges (No longer in use).
Activity 2 - Recycling Worksheet.
Aim: To learn more about recycling and to cement the discussion earlier.
Print out the recycling template.
The factsheet follows the recycling discussion and is a useful way to cement learning.
• Give the children a template each and let them work their way through the different items listed on it.
• Once everyone has completed the sheet — work though the right answers as a group.
• Ask if anyone has any questions at the end of the session.
Wonder around the group to check that everyone is engaged and understand what they are doing. This could be a fairly new concept to many of the children so encourage and guide those who need it.
Activity 3 - Pencil Holder
Aim: To reuse some rubbish to create a practical household item.
• Tear off small pieces of masking tape and, starting at the top, attach them all around the container.
• Draw shapes on a roll of masking tape to decorative, Cut the shapes out and stick them to the container, on top of the other pieces of masking tape.
• Take brown shoe polish and rub it all over the masking tape surface of the container.
• with another piece of cloth, rub the container until shiny and it will look like leather.
For full details see the BB Anchors Pro Pack C2-3