My youngest daughter loves anything arts and crafts-y and regularly poaches materials destined for the recycling bins for her projects. She can see potential art in almost anything!
In our area of Britain the council has supplied us with four separate bins - one for waste food (not much of that in our house!), one for garden rubbish, one for general recycling like plastic milk bottles, cardboard, clean foil, glass and paper and then a final bin for stuff that really can't be recycled.
We have two bins in our bathroom, one for recyclable things and one for general rubbish and it astounds me how quickly we accumulate cardboard toilet roll inners. Luckily my daughter loves using them in her model-making.
This week we acquired some shoe boxes along with the usual mountain of everyday packaging. I normally refuse the boxes if we are buying shoes from a shop but these came to us holding pre-loved trainers. Crafty girl was overjoyed!
As the rain poured down this weekend she assembled a collection of
rubbish art materials and informed me she planned to make a cat. All she needed on top of her recyclable stuff were some pens and some glue.
She started off making a face for her cat then made his body and finally added toilet roll legs. He's almost as big as our real cat but has far fewer fleas!
Making crafts from recyclable stuff is one way of teaching children about making the most of resources and hopefully encouraging them to make recycling and taking responsibility for the environment a way of life for the rest of their life.
Waste management company Veolia has cleverly found another fun way of engaging children on the subject ofresponsible waste disposal is by introducing them to Munch, a friendly recycling truck who is the star of a book "Munch and the Funny Tummy" written by Veolia employees Patrick Guihen and Alessandro Kenningdale.