Oxford and University Green Week

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Kids Go Green: Reuse & Recycle

Get started! Download and print the Kids Go Green Card.

The average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash each day, which adds up to 1,642.5 pounds of trash a year, just for one person! Much of that trash ends up in landfills, which are gradually taking up more and more valuable space. This trash also releases harmful emissions like methane gas into the atmosphere. This category of the Kids Go Green Challenge highlights easy ways to reduce our landfilled waste—and waste in general—by reducing, reusing and recycling! Scroll down for educational activities to pair with this category of the challenge.

Click the activities below or scroll down to find additional educational resources to pair with these activities.

Recycle three recyclable items

Create a craft from a recyclable material

Have a picnic without creating waste

Recycle three recyclable items

Recyclable items in Oxford include:

  • Plastics #1 & #2 (check the bottom of the item for the number)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Mixed paper (junk mail, notebook paper, paper bags, newspapers)

*Please note that in Oxford, we cannot recycle glass.

Educational activities: 

Printable Recycling Sorting Game – Teach your child to sort recycling with this printable sorting game. Customize it to Oxford by creating three bins: one for plastic & aluminum; one for mixed paper & cardboard and one for trash. If you compost at home, or would like to teach your child which items are compostable, add a fourth bin.

Recycling Scavenger Hunt – Create a visual scavenger hunt sheet and have your kids search for the items in your home. As an added bonus, they can sort them at the end.

National Geographic’s Recycle Roundup – Sort as many items as you can (recyclables, compost & trash) in two minutes while playing this computer game.

Preschool Recycle Game – Younger children can learn to group items together that are made of the same material, such as plastics, cardboard and aluminum cans.

Recycling Facts for Kids – Did you know that 75 percent of trash is recyclable, but we only recycle 30 percent? Learn more recycling facts.

Additional Resources:

  • Sign up for curbside recycling in Oxford here. If you’re not in an area with curbside, you can bring recyclables to recycling drop-off locations.
  • Did you know you can recycle in the Grove on football gamedays? Read about the Green Grove Recycling Program here.

Create a craft from a recyclable material

Binoculars for bird watching  – Repurpose recyclable toilet paper rolls into a fun birdwatching tool!

Piggy Bottle Bank – Use a plastic soda bottle to help kids save coins!

DIY turtle toy – Turn a plastic bottle into a turtle toy. This is a great opportunity to teach your children about the problem with plastic in the world’s oceans. 

Plastic bottle rocket jet pack – With just a little tweaking, two-liter bottles become a fun jet pack!

Owl bird feeder – The birds will appreciate this DIY project! (Note: Milk and juice cartons like the one used in this project are not recyclable because of the wax coating. This is still a great project, however, because your kids are reusing an item that would otherwise be landfilled.)

Recycled can bird feeder – Another one for the birds!

Have a picnic without creating waste

Wasteless lunch tips – Tips on what to pack (and items to leave out) on your picnic.

Pack a wasteless lunch – This lesson on packing a wasteless lunch includes a printable worksheet and resources on swapping out single-use items with reusable ones.

Waste reduction activities – Four fun waste reduction activities for kids, like a grocery store scavenger hunt, zero-waste family challenge and more.

Remember to e-mail photos of your child completing the activities to green@olemiss.edu! Check off each item that you complete on the Kids Go Green Challenge card, and bring it to the Oxford Community Market between 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 to redeem your prize!



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