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On a warm night with the kids, camping is pretty close to my idea of heaven, what with a starry sky above our heads and nature noises all around us. For my girls, camping is a real treat as it takes them out of their urban environment into wild untamed nature. They love everything about camping – setting up the tent, going to sleep with a headlamp to read, cooking in the open – and recycling is part of the experience just as much as the rest.
Why? Because recycling
Here is a selection of recycling tips that kids and families can use for their future camping trips.
My pet peeve – packaging. Have you seen how much space cereals take up in a cardboard cereal box? I’ve seen boxes only filled to half their size, yet they look great and big on supermarket shelves. Smart recycling starts with less recycling and less recycling goes through much less packaging. Since you never know how or when you’ll be able to dispose of your recyclables when camping, prevention is key. Whenever possible:
Kids pretty much know to recycle paper, plastic bottles and metal cans at school, thanks to fantastic programs on the environment. However it can be tricky to apply these habits to new or unusual environments such as camping. As a general rule, expect to bring back your recyclables home, burn the burnables (if allowed/possible) and dispose of the non-recyclable/burnable waste at the campsite.
First things first: how do kids know what can be recycled? I found this flyer, by the city of Woodland in California, to be quite easy to understand and straight-forward for items that can be recycled.
Some camping items may look recyclable or binnable at first glance, but you need to check with the camp host first. Such items include
Burnables are a bigger question mark as air pollution and smell need to be taken into consideration. Also, many campsites place restrictions on burning waste. If burning is an option, consider burning:
All the rest -non-recyclable or burnable waste-needs to be disposed of properly, either at the campsite or back at home.
Now, this is recycling nirvana! These fun crafts can definitely turn the trip into a great hands-on experience. Your kids will love to try the following.
How To Make An Everest and Skye Paw Patrol Pinata from Crafty Mama in ME
Recycled Toy Robot Project from Brain Power Boy
How Paper is Recycled from Schooling a Monkey
Children’s Books About Recycling from The Jenny Evolution
Cutting Tray and Recycling Sorting from Parenting Chaos
Free Recycling Printables and Montessori-Inspired Recycling Activities from Living Montessori Now
Colorful Spring Windsock Made with Recycled Materials from Play Dough & Popsicles
How To Make A Flower Craft From Recycled Materials from Raising Little Superheroes
Tin Can Pencil Holder from Tales of Education at Home
Ways to Use Recycled Materials Around the House from Natural Beach Living
Getting kids excited about recycling from Something 2 Offer
Simple & Fun Recycled Magazine Crafts for the Family From The Natural Homeschool
Sort Your Recycling Worksheets from Living Life and Learning