Need A Fun Zero Waste Game?

By Portia Sinnott, NCRA News Editor and founder of Zero Waste Sonoma County, 4/4/17

Need a fun, thought provoking game to play at Earth Day events or County Fair booths? I suggest my version of the old memory game Concentration. I have been using it to teach my cohousing neighbors and many others about recycling since 1999. Cute name suggestions welcome via the NCRA contact page; please select “Newsletter” as the Subject.

Instructions:

1) Place a mix of recyclable and non-recyclable items on a table.

2) Add a few disposables and their reuseable counterparts, as well as some small repairables and their non-repairable cousins.

3) Cover with a cloth which you pull off to start the game.

4) Perhaps use a big timer to add drama.

5) Give participants 10-20 seconds to memorize the contents, replace the cover and then ask them to write down all of the recyclable and reuseable items they remember.

6) The one who remembers the most items is declared the winner.

But wait, the game is not over! Use the uncovered mish-mash to discuss what is recyclable or not – in their community and why. Then introduce Zero Waste and how it is more and different than recycling. This game has proven to be a great way to get people to talk about recycling and Zero Waste in a fun and relaxed manner.

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ZWW/RU Just Around The Corner

SAVE-THESE-DATES!Miguel Robles 2015
March 20 – 26: Zero Waste Week 2016
March 22: Recycling Update
March 26: Zero Waste Youth Convergence

Zero Waste Week 2016 will be held March 20 – 26. Our premier event, the 21st annual Recycling Update, will be held March 22 at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. (One week later than usual.) The 4th Zero Waste Youth Convergence will be held Saturday, March 26. Tours and trainings are being planned. Registration will be available on the NCRA website in late January. Continue reading “ZWW/RU Just Around The Corner”