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Collection Tips

Improve your can count with these CANtastic tips!

Many schools have found that recycling is a great way to teach their learners about our responsibility to take care of the Earth, while raising some additional funds for their schools.

While recycling can prove very rewarding, it can be challenging to attract active participation from learners, so we decided to share the top tips from schools whose learners know how to contribute what they can to help protect the environment.

Below are our top six tips to increase participation and the number of cans your school collects:

1. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER - Teachers could spend time explaining to learners why recycling is important to the school and the environment. In the process, some of the teacher's enthusiasm will be transmitted to the students, who will be more likely to become interested and actively involved.

2. RECOGNISE AND REWARD – Everyone likes the feeling of accomplishment and recognition, so by rewarding learners who actively participate for their hard work teachers can motivate them to keep working hard and can encourage others to get involved. The rewards do not have to be big or expensive; it can be a small trophy, a sticker point system to track the contribution of each child or even a chocolate for the learners who bring the most cans on a specific day of the week. Vouchers at a local restaurant have also proved to be a great incentive. 

3. HEALTHY COMPETITION – Schools can also promote competition between different classes or grade levels by offering an incentive for the group with the highest contribution e.g. allowing the winners to leave earlier, host a movie marathon for the learners or allowing the winners to stand in front of the line at the tuck shop during break.

4. PARENTAL GUIDANCE – By including the parents in the collection progress, learners will have encouragement to participate both at school and at home, which is likely to ensure greater commitment. It is therefore vital to keep parents in the loop by regularly communicating why it is important for their children to participate, how many cans have been collected and what parents can do to assist.

5. COMMUNITY COLLABORATION - Partnering with restaurants, taverns, sports centres and other members of the community will allow schools to collect more cans than the teachers and learners could ever collect on their own. These community members can be asked to collect the cans generated through their day-to-day business and to donate the cans collected to your school to form part of fund raising for your school.

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