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Recycling Day

March 11th 2021| Michael Mountford

Recycling Day

The Global Recycling Foundation is pleased to announce the theme of Global Recycling Day 2021 as #RecyclingHeroes. This will recognise the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future which will benefit all.

Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognise, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together and put the planet first.

The mission of Global Recycling Day, as set out by the Global Recycling Foundation, is twofold:

  • 1. To tell world leaders that recycling is simply too important not to be a global issue, and that a common, joined up approach to recycling is urgently needed.
  • 2. To ask people across the planet to think resource, not waste, when it comes to the goods around us – until this happens, we simply won’t award recycled goods the true value and repurpose they deserve.

Recycling with kids is incredibly important to do, and a good concept to promote as parents and educators. Kids will see that recycling goes beyond simply having a secondary special bin. By repurposing items before throwing them away, kids will learn that making new items from recycled ones takes less energy and fewer resources than making products from brand new materials.


1. Build a robot

Cardboard boxes and yoghurt pots are great things to recycle and build robots out of – just make sure to clean out the pots first. Use the cardboard boxes as the main body, maybe some old Christmas tree lights as the eyes; go out and get creative with it.

2. Make seed paper

A good way to recycle old used paper into something new and creative.

Take a look at ClimateKids blog post here to read how to make your own.

3. Make a bird feeder

A great addition to any school garden – I feel that this activity really shows just how much cheaper it can be to recycle old into new rather than just buying something brand new.

Take a look here at a blog post that details how to make a recycled bird feeder.

This would also tie in well with our pre-existing resources all about birds which can be found right here.

4. Recycling Scavenger Hunt

Head out on a local trip to a park and see how much stuff from the natural environment that can be recycled. Or alternatively, try and get a whole class creative project planned – using only things that can be found in the natural environment. See how creative you can get with it!

5. Create DIY Toys

Some of the favourite toys for kids are ones that have been “upcycled.” It’s amazing what a couple of household items and a little imagination can create.

This blog by Spruce Crafts is absolutely amazing and very creative with some of the craft ideas that they’ve come up with; i’m sure that your class will love having a go at making some of these.

6. DIY Wind Chimes

A very nice class project that each child could take home. There is a endless amount of different objects that could be used to make some wind chimes.

This blog by DIYnCrafts showcases this in spectacular fashion by listing 40 unique ways to make your very own wind chimes.

I have to say I personally love the bottle cap and the driftwood wind chime designs.

Take a look for yourself right here.

7. Donate old toys and clothes

A good school-wide initiative could be having a tri-monthly donation drive. Any old clothes or toys from home could be brought in and given away to a charity. As well as teaching about recycling; it’s also a good way to teach children early on about how they can impact the lives of others by just simply giving one item away to someone who is less fortunate than themselves.


We here at Teacher’s Pet have been hard at work to bring you some brand new and amazing resources all to do with Recycling Day. Click here to see all of our brand new Recycling Day Resources.

Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to help you get started.

Sorting Materials Tuff Tray Activity Pack
Saving The World Challenge Cards
Go Green Earth Yoga Stories
Renewable Energy Sources Posters

Have a great day!

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for how to take part during Recycling Day.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!).

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