As people from all over the nation are settling in to a new normal of working from home while also caring for their kids, Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) is here as a resource with tips and tools for making the best of this time with the littles while instilling green thoughts and practices into the day.
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VIRTUAL LEARNING AND FIELD TRIPS
As our daily routines now include regular interaction with virtual tools, TDS is happy to provide you with several video resources and invites you and your kids to take virtual field trips.
On the TDS YouTube page, you can access an informative video explaining basic recycling practices for your home, as well as a virtual tour of the facility, the landfill and composting operations, the materials recovery facility and even the animals at the Exotic Game Ranch.
Grab the popcorn and let’s learn together!
SIMPLIFY CHORE TIME WITH THE WASTE WIZARD APP
Now more than ever, you’ll want to find ways to make chore time, well, less of a chore. The TDS Waste Wizard app can help remind you (and your youngsters) of your collection day in TDS service areas, so there’s no excuse for missing it!
Need a lesson in how to sort different types of waste? Click on the “What Goes Where?” section to determine whether a specific item goes into your trash, recycling or compost.
There’s even a great waste-sorting game, so your kiddos can brush up on their waste-sorting knowledge. After completing the game, your kids can even print out a certificate to show off their waste-sorting expertise!
PLANT A RAISED-BED GARDEN WITH YOUR KIDS
Make your own raised-bed veggie garden. Your tots will love digging in the dirt and you might even have a little fun, too!
And if you’re looking for a great place to find locally sourced, natural garden products such as soil, mulch and compost, look no further than Garden-Ville. For complete details, visit garden-ville.com.
DIY DISINFECTING AND CLEANING TIPS
In order to protect your family during this time, we know how important it is for you to keep your home as clean as possible. Find tips on the TDS blog for using items you probably already have in your home as a natural disinfectant.
And what about all the extra chemicals in the bleach and those cleaning wipes, not to mention the waste? Make your own cleaning wipes while helping protect yourself and the environment!
As you can see, there are a wide variety of ways to learn about the environment and keep children busy while you’re home together. Want to keep up the work once school resumes? Ask your district leadership about becoming an Eco Academy school! With age-appropriate lessons and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) alignment, Eco Academy—as well as the rest of Texas Disposal Systems—is here to be a resource for you and your family year-round. Visit ecoacademy.org for details.