Getting a teenager to recycle
Undoubtedly, it is difficult to get a teenager to do anything, recycling included. Hear Shannon's plight:
I have a question regarding teens and recycling. My 17yo stepdaughter throws everything away. when I catch her, I make her separate her garbage from recyclables. Sometimes I try to go through it, but she's thrown something gross in there and it's "contaminated." When I try talking to her about it, she blows me off and says not everyone recycles, what does it matter? I show her how I take up to two paper sacks a week of recyclable plastic to the recycling center that won't go in our bin (hard plastic packaging for toys and electronics, the plastic measuring scoops in formula, film canisters, etc). I'm lucky in that the recycling center is a mile from my house and on the way to practically everywhere.She hasn't always lived with us, so she wasn't "brought up" that way. She takes everything for granted. Throwing away a notebook that still has good, usable paper in it because she's finished with it, eating half her dinner and throwing it away because she doesn't like leftovers (not even giving it to the dog), letting her grandmother buy her something and throws it away when she determines she really doesn't like it.
Here in Portland, many households are trying to do their part - recycle whatever we can. How do you get your kids involved in recycling? Are they aware of the effort? Are they a part of the process? How do you get children (teenagers, in this case) to understand the concept of wastefulness, to curb needless dumping, to encourage reducing, reusing, and recycling?