Have you ever heard of a Recycle Rally before? I am so excited to tell you about it! Recycle Rally is a program developed by PepsiCo to get kids excited about recycling at school. Through a series of challenges, encouragement and competitions, students will learn the power of one decision…. to recycle, and the effect that it will have on their world! How cool is that? More here.
To get Malone’s school excited for the idea of recycling, we made a super easy D.I.Y. recycling bin out of a plastic storage container we already had. I went with an “X Marks The Spot” theme, because I thought it would be fun to throw the bottles into the bin and try to hit the X!
- Plastic storage container
- Poster board
- Decorative duct tape
To make your own recycling center, tape an encouraging sign to the plastic storage container. Then, make small X’s inside the bin with the tape. These are so fun to try to hit as you throw the bottls in! Turns out, it was super fun! Both Malone and Mike had a blast practicing!
At the time of writing this post, Malone’s school year has JUST started. I haven’t had a chance to implement this in his school, but I can see his classmates getting a kick out of it! In addition to our homemade recycling bin, PepsiCo sent us 3 other recycling bins to use for our Recycle Rally. There are two bins for bottles or cans and one for paper products. As soon as the dust settles and the first weeks of school chaos calms down, I’ll speak with the PTO about implementing them! I think that the best spot will be in the teacher’s lounge for now, and that perhaps Malone’s class can be in charge of emptying them each week into the larger recycling containers.
It is so easy to teach kids that their daily actions actually do make the difference. And I know that the kids at Malone’s school will love hearing more about recycling!