Recycling, The Environment & Our Children
Teaching kids how a recycler works is an important lesson that will impact their choices for the duration of their lives. Thankfully, the recycling industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Meaning more and more people now have access to recycling facilities. Although this is a great step in the right direction, educating the next generation about the importance of recycling is the only way to ensure continued growth in environmentally-sustainable efforts. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) along with nonprofit organization JASON Learning have teamed up to educate kids regarding this important topic.
How does JASON teach kids about recyclers?
The JASON organization now offers curriculum for students and teachers to help students learn how recyclers use advanced engineering, chemistry and physics to separate and shred rubber, glass, paper, metals and electronics for reuse in manufacturing. The curriculum is called STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
What else will be included in the learning experience?
When possible, students will be allowed to watch the recycler in action at recycling and scrap yards thus giving them hands on, real-world experience. The lesson plans created for the classroom with be geared towards grades K-12 and include interactive web-based experiences and classroom lessons on the life cycle of commonly recycled materials.
What is the purpose of educating children about recycler technology?
According to Robin Weiner, the president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, recycling education will allow students to see the technology and science involved in recycling thus making them advocates for recycling and perhaps even lead to them entering into the industry in a professional manner when they grow up.
Other Interesting Facts
Here are a few interesting facts about recycling and why programs like JASON learning is so important:
- The average person generates 4.5 pounds of trash each and every day, which adds up to around 1.5 tons of solid waste a year.
- The EPA estimates that around 75 percent of solid waste could be recycled. We currently only recycle around 30 percent.
- Sergeant Shredder recycles over a million pounds of paper and other materials every year. We help thousands of businesses in Southern California become greener by using convenient shredding bins and consoles.
How will you become a better recycler? And, how will you involve the next generation?