It’s Fun To Recycle …

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I just saw a lovely picture of my friends little boy on Facebook and clicked to see what he had been up to.

Here in the Netherlands in various towns (not everywhere), some of the local council have a brilliant initiative that lets the local children collect all the old Christmas trees that people leave outside their house for recycling.


Christmas tree image with text - it's fun to recycle


The kids actually get paid 50 cents per tree for collecting them and taking them to one of the local collection points.  In addition to the money that they receive for the trees they also get 1 lottery entry per tree. The more trees they collect the more chances the have of winning gift vouchers in a competition.

I remember my nephew doing this years ago as a child and I thought it was a great idea back then.


It’s Fun To Recycle

What An Achievement!


At just 7 years old my friend’s son and his friend had managed to collect a whopping 121 Christmas trees!


Kids learning to recycle - collecting christmas trees for money


A lot of pain, very tiring but oh so satisfying!

Entrepreneurial Dutch Kids

The kids here in Nederland have numerous chances to exercise their entrepreneurial skills.

An example of this is during many occasions such as Kings day and various other celebrations which often have free markets taking place.  The kids can sell their old stuff, sell cakes and cookies, paint nails, busk etc).

The Dutch are renowned in history for their global trading skills.  This is just another example of the business acumen which is instilled in the children from an early age.


The kids take it so seriously and work so hard, I think this definitely helps create good work ethics for the future!



What do you think about this initiative?





Dutch Santa Sitting Waving From His Horse


Dutch Girl Dressed In Orange


Red White And Blue Strawberries



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6 thoughts on “It’s Fun To Recycle …

  • January 13, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    This is such a lovely idea and I wish we had something like this over here in the UK.
    I remember selling flowers that I had picked from my front doorstep when I was a girl and it was such an amazing feeling!
    My son had a little stall outside selling his old toys, it was very sweet.

  • January 13, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    What a good idea! I think it's really hard to instil a positive work ethic into kids when they see all their friends being given handouts by their parents or being spoilt without having to "earn" it. This sounds like a great way to teach them to work hard for a good reward! #bestandworst

  • January 14, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Yes I think so too Daisy. I remember last year another friend let her children bake heaps and heaps of cookies to sell at the Kings day free market. They walked round with the trays of cookies and told people that they could decide the price of the cookies themselves – it was a great success, the cookies flew of the trays :O)

  • January 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    What a great idea, such a good incentive like Phili says to instil a work ethic! Kind of wish they did this around our area, would have been most helpful 🙂 Lovely to hear what happens in other countries and thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst x

  • January 16, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by Helen.

    Do you know my friend also told me the council also do this in the next town up for the spent firework shells (and boy there are a lot set off here during the New Year celebrations). Apparently it's done by weight and the kids get so much per bag full.

    I'll certainly be back to visit your 'best and worst' linky –

    P.S. your children a super cute!


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