Recycling Badge

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Recycling Badge Cub Scout Book page

Contents

Outcomes

By practising recycling's "three R's," Cubs develop a practical knowledge of how to reduce, reuse and recycle items. This helps them contribute positively to the quality of life in their local environment. [1]

Requirements

Do any three (3) in each of the categories:

A. Reduce

  1. Look in your home or in a store for products that could be sold with less packaging.
  2. With the help of an adult, check the tire pressure in a car to see if the tires are properly inflated to improve gas consumption.
  3. Bring your own non-disposable mug and eating utensils to use at camp or bring a garbage-free lunch to school regularly.
  4. Make a list or draw how you and your family could reduce the amount of electricity used at home. For one week keep track of how you saved energy. Record what you did and how many times you did it.
  5. Keep a record of four different ways that you saved water at your house in a week.
  6. Describe what you and your family did to reduce the amount of heat needed to keep your house warm.
  7. Choose two items that you or your family bought this week that you could have done without. Commit to not buying those items for the next month.

B. Reuse

  1. Choose something that you currently throw away and come up with a new idea on how to reuse it safely.
  2. Explain and show new uses for old plastic containers.
  3. Explain and show new uses for old jars and cans.
  4. Make a project from old lumber or Christmas trees.
  5. Describe and show new uses for different kinds of paper, greeting cards, bags and cardboard boxes.
  6. Repair and donate old toys to somebody.
  7. With help from an adult, collect old clothes, furniture or books and donate them.
  8. Make a list of all the things that you didn’t need to buy during one week because you reused items you already had. Explain how reusing items reduces the amount of energy needed to make new things.

C. Recycle

  1. Build a composter and either use it yourself or give it to a friend.
  2. Help publicize a home toxic waste collection day in your community, such as for collecting old paints, garden chemicals, oil,etc.
  3. Show or tell your pack about three products that are made with recycled materials. Explain how using recycled materials helps to reduce climate change.
  4. Participate in a recycling project such as a bottle or paper drive.
  5. Visit or learn about a company or industry that is involved in recycling or collecting recyclable materials.
  6. Make a list of products that display the recycling symbol.
  7. Using old paper products, make your own recycled paper.
  8. Help organize or participate in a recycling program.
  9. Learn which items in your house can be returned when you are done with them (examples include computer parts, batteries, tires etc.). Identify one item (from this list) you were planning to throw out and with an adult, bring it somewhere to be recycled.

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References

  1. Taken from MEASURING SUCCESS - THE SCOUTING WAY