14 November, 2019

National Recycling Week

This week is National Recycling Week.

National recycling week was founded by Planet Ark in 1996 to bring a national focus on the environmental benefits of recycling. National Recycling Week 2019 runs from 11 – 17 November. 

National Recycling Week is now in its 24th year. Each year the campaign aims to educate and stimulate change, by promoting recycling and highlighting ways for people to minimise waste. We can all make small changes to our daily routine that will help the environment. Easy swaps like bringing your own bags to the supermarket, using a reusable water bottle or keep cup and trying to buy products with minimal packaging are a great place to start.

Planet Ark’s website is a great source of information about recycling with tips about what you can and can’t recycle, the location of recycling facilities near you and lots of ideas about how to reduce your waste. They also have a list of events happening around the country. 

There are many ways you can get involved in National Recycling Week at home. Here are some ideas:

  • Do some research about what can and cannot be recycled in your kerbside recycling bin. Your child could even make a poster or some labels to help them remember.

  • Arts and crafts is a great way to reuse paper, cardboard and plastic packaging. Get creative and see what your child can make using recycled materials.

  • National Recycling Week can be a great writing prompt, especially for persuasive writing. Your child could write a persuasive letter or email to their local supermarket to convince them to reduce the amount of plastic packaging used on their produce or give a persuasive speech encouraging people to recycle. They could also write a procedure explaining how to prepare items for the recycling bin or how to make something using recycled materials. You can find out more about these writing genres on Learn Primary

  • Looking at recycled materials can also be a great way to explore 3D shapes at home. Take a look at the packaging used for various items in your home and ask your child to name the shapes. See if they can find examples of 3D shapes you name for them. 

Have you made any changes to your routine to reduce your waste? Let us know in the comments.

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