“We learn to sort garbage properly”

Is it necessary to sort garbage, how to do it properly and why a person should take care of the environment and its condition? Sooner or later, these questions arise for everyone, especially if they care about their homeland and state. Teachers of the Transcarpathian Regional Ecological and Naturalistic Center for Students Youth, who systematically hold talks and events with children on environmental issues related to human activities, rules of waste management, and recycling are not left out of these important issues. So, recently the teachers of the center held ecological events under the slogan “Protecting the environment. We sort garbage properly” for young people, IDP children, and readers of the Transcarpathian Regional Library for Children and Youth, during which young environmentalists discussed important rules for sorting garbage and discussed the possibility of recycling in Ukraine and Transcarpathia in particular.

Let’s think for a minute! Every second we litter our planet with waste that has different directions. For example, an abandoned cigarette could be left in the sea for 1 to 5 years, and a plastic bag – from 10 to 20 years. Nylon products will decompose in 30-40 years, cans – in 500 years, and a glass bottle will decompose only in 1000 years. You need to learn to sort garbage properly in order to stop the process of waste accumulation and littering of our planet.

Oksana Strichko, Methodist of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection of TRENCSY

Why is it necessary to sort garbage? The children considered and discussed several theses, including:

-minimization of negative impact on the environment;

-removal of the danger of air, soil, surface, and groundwater pollution;

-the possibility of reusable packaging;

-saving money and reducing landfills.

Consolidation of knowledge took place in an interesting game form. Participants “sorted” the rubbish with a help of a didactic game, solved anagrams, recreated proverbs, and explained how real investigators had deciphered a secret message. So what message would young nature lovers like to turn to their peers and adults? “Garbage should be properly disposed of, and even better – recycled, giving already used raw materials a second life.”

The event was held in cooperation with the Transcarpathian Regional Ecological and Naturalistic Center with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies- IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) with the support of the German Nature Conservation Union (#NABU), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.

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