Does your child understand recycling?
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Yep. She is 4.
Yes, but they're 8 and 15. They are old enough to understand it easily.
Yes, as much as a child who is almost 4 can. She knows what kind of stuff is supposed to be thrown in the "white garbage" (we use a garbage can without any liners for recycling) and what is labeled as trash to be thrown in the "black garbage" (a black liner in a trash can for the trash). She never makes a mistake because if she has any questions, she will ask which garbage it goes in if she's not sure. Most of the time she already knows though. :)
My daughter is 19 now, but she has always known about recycling-she's more up on the types of plastics that we're allowed to recycle, and would double check to make sure that I only recycled the right kinds! I started out making it a game for her-and she loved helping me take the recyclables out; we even had to get a second bucket because we were recycling so much!
I'm trying to teach my boyfriend-when I moved, the town didn't recycle cardboard, but since we moved here, he's really gotten into the idea of recycling. Sometimes he forgets, but he'll repurpose some of the plastic trays or tubs that once held food to store things for his model railroad.
Our apartment does not currently have that available but we are buying a house and I will teach her to help me recycle then. I would recycle on my own here but I would end up on hoarders as I have no storage space.
My five year old will pick recyclables out of the trash if he sees them.
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