Waste Management Tips When You Have Young Children in the Home

Posted on: 29 May 2019

If you have young children, you may often find yourself running around trying to keep the home clean. Maintaining a clean environment is important because your kids may end up being infected (or becoming sick) from dirt in the home. Furthermore, a dirty home will also affect the mood of your children.

One of the most effective ways of keeping the home clean is implementing a rubbish management plan. Rubbish can easily accumulate from meals, school supplies and toys. If you don't keep up, you may end up choking under piles of clutter and rubbish in the home.

Here are some useful tips that you should consider when handling rubbish in a home that has young children.  

1. It starts with education

The biggest mistake that parents make is failing to inform their kids about proper rubbish management. Even if you're a waste disposal expert, you can't keep the home completely rubbish-free without some help from your kids. Start by educating them about types of waste (such as sharps, organic and biological waste), including those that are potentially harmful to their health and safety.

For example, if your child breaks a glass or a plate, inform them how sharps could cause many different risks to the home. Have them watch you as you clean up the glass particles and put them in a sealed, solid container. This practical learning will help your children slowly understand why rubbish management is important.

2. Purchase clearly labelled trash cans

Young kids love to mix and match items. If you only have one old and dirty trash can in the kitchen, your children won't be motivated to keep the home clean. Invest in new trash cans that are larger, more visible and clearly labelled.

You should also place trash cans in your children's rooms and have them learn how to fill it up and empty it regularly.

3. Issue rewards to make it fun

Another useful idea is to make your rubbish management plan fun for the kids. Purchasing colourful bins is a good place to start, but you should also reward those who take out their trash on time — or those who place rubbish in the right bin.

Rewarding your kids reinforces positive behaviour and makes rubbish management much easier to accomplish.

4. Put everyone on a trash duty rotation

Rubbish management doesn't end inside the home. Your kids should also learn that trash is picked up on a specific day and at a specific time. Put your kids on trash duty, where one of them helps you take out filled garbage bags every week. Then everyone can watch as the rubbish removal truck comes to take the waste away.