By Waste Management of Northern Nevada
So much has changed this year, but the rules for recycling correctly are still the same. Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. However, most households and people still don’t recycle the correct way. Now, with distance learning becoming the norm, and more school-aged children staying home during the daytime, Waste Management of Northern Nevada has some fun ideas to help you and your family test your recycling skills at home and challenge your kids to learn the right way.
Waste Management of Northern Nevada’s goal is to help the community recycle right so more material is recovered for recycling, saving precious resources and combating climate change. Typical recycling best practices include:
- recycling clean bottles, cans, paper and cardboard
- keeping food and liquid out of your recycling
- no loose plastic bags, and no bagged recyclables
When recycling is done right and you have the appropriately sized carts, you can help reduce overfilled carts. This helps reduce litter in our community’s streets and pollution in our storm drains, helping to keep Reno clean and green. Educating our community about recycling habits is a core mission of Waste Management of Northern Nevada.
Each week through the end of November, the Waste Management of Northern Nevada’s Facebook page will have a new creative project for you and your child to work on together under a contest called Waste Management’s 100 Days of Recycling.
With recurring activities for children on social media, Waste Management will keep families involved in recycling. Examples of activities include:
- creating artwork or science projects
- writing prompts on how to properly recycle
- virtual field trips to the landfill and transfer station
Each activity is aimed to teach the importance of recycling and how kids and the rest of the household can get involved and help recycle.
For example, a recent activity was focused on science and observational learning. The prompt asked contestants to “put on your binoculars and head outside, for this week’s challenge we want you to observe what’s in your own backyard! What kind of trees and plants are there? What animals do you see?”
These challenges focus on learning while children can participate in fun activities still be socially distant. Each weekly activity will remain open for submissions until the contest ends in November.
Each week, users are encouraged to participate in the activity of prompt and submit photos of their household completing each task. At the end of each week after a task is given, contest participants are entered to win prizes such as a package of passes to the Discovery Museum, a science and technology museum presenting interactive exhibits and temporary exhibitions, or a gift certificate to the Reno Puzzle Room, an escape game for the entire family!
Head to the Waste Management of Northern Nevada’s Facebook page each week to see the new prompts and tasks! Each activity is posted each Thursday and are open until the contest ends on November 30, 2020.