Teaching your kids to go green

As parents, we have the opportunity to help develop a generation of eco-warriors. We teach our children to say please and thank you, we tell them not to talk to strangers, not to litter, and so many other small yet essential life skills that we don’t even consciously think about.

Why then should lessons in environmental protection and recycling be any different? The future of recycling lies in the hands of our youth, and these are also the individuals who will carry the burden of higher carbon footprints if it is not reduced.

The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) consists of a team dedicated to increasing glass recycling in South Africa. We are passionate about ensuring every South African realises the value of recycling glass and actively embraces this practice. It’s up to us to empower our children by educating them as to the positive effect that recycling will have on our environment, and how they can make a difference. Glass can easily be recycled by taking glass bottles and jars to a ‘glass bank’ in your community.

Recycling is easy; you don’t have to start big to make an impact.

Tips from TGRC to educate your family include:

  • Whenever you purchase something packaged, think about how you can reuse or recycle the packaging. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled again and again without losing its purity or strength
  • Plan your trips to glass banks to fit into your daily schedule – it will become part of your routine rather than a chore! Take your kids with you and show them how and where to put their bottles
  • Explain to your children what is recyclable and what is not. Glass containers, such as those used for food and beverages can be recycled
  • Other types of glass, like window glass, ovenware, pyrex, crystal and light bulbs are manufactured through a different process and cannot be recycled through South Africa’s glass manufacturers
  • Reuse old containers – they are great for storing paint, crayons, buttons and arts and crafts tools such as paint brushes, rulers and much more
  • In South Africa, it’s not necessary to wash glass before placing it into “Glass Banks”, or to place different coloured glass into separate banks.  Recycling is just so easy!
  • Get your child’s school to register for The Glass Recycling Company school competition. Not only will this mean a conveniently placed glass bank at the school, but also a chance for schools to win fantastic cash prizes. For more details, visit  www.tgrc.co.za

TGRC believes in the infinite potential of glass to make a real and positive contribution to society. We are committed to prove that glass recycling is worth the effort! By making recycling a way of life as habitual as the other lessons we teach our kids, we will have a generation of recyclers working together to build a sustainable environment.

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