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Finding ways to entertain kids or engage them in educational activities can be difficult at any time. But in the midst of a pandemic when families must isolate themselves at home day after day, the task can be nearly impossible.
In honor of Earth Day on April 22 – and to support all of the teachers who’ve switched from being with students in the classroom everyday to online instruction and the many parents now playing the additional roles of teacher, babysitter and playmate – we have some ideas for fun, at-home activities that will keep kids busy and entertained at home while they learn valuable lessons about recycling and waste diversion.
Learn to recycle right
Take some time to teach your family about the importance of recycling – and recycling the right way. All of central Ohio’s residential and business waste – referred to as municipal waste – ends up in the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill. But the landfill doesn’t have an endless capacity. So the more waste we can divert from the landfill, the longer it will be available to serve our community.
Recycling is an easy and convenient way to divert waste from the landfill. Franklin County’s recycling program accepts paper, cardboard, cartons, metal cans, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles and jugs that are wider at the bottom than they are at the top. If you try to recycle other material – like yogurt cups and clamshell containers – then everything in your recycling bin may end up in the garbage, even if it’s actually recyclable. You can learn to recycle right by:
Nearly 15% of the waste in the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill is food scraps. In fact, about 1 million pounds of wasted food enters the landfill every single day. That equates to about 260 pounds per person per year! We can reduce the amount of food we waste by being more careful about what we buy in the first place. But there’s a relatively easy way to use our food scraps for beneficial purposes and keep it out of the landfill – composting!
Have fun with arts and crafts
There are so many fun crafts that can be made by re-purposing common household items that would otherwise go into the trash. Join your kids in making these trash-to-treasure projects.
Visit the links above for more ideas, helpful resources and links to inspiring websites. By engaging in these activities, you and your family can celebrate Earth Day every day!