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Feb 19, 2016 7:35 PM

Somersworth students on a mission to promote recycling, and it starts by digging in trash

SOMERSWORTH - Some students at Somersworth Middle School uncover a dirty little secret.

After studying the impact of landfills on the environment, they decided to dissect their own trash.

Teacher Amy Labelle said, "It’s help them to understand. Taking a good look when they are getting ready to throw it away. What’s on my plate before I throw it in the trash."

The students collected one bag of trash from each sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade lunch periods. So what did they find?

Sixth-grader Olivia Koch said, "We found apples we can donate, milk cartons that we can recycle, paper trays and plastic forks, knives and straws."

Students questioned why there were no recycle bins in the cafeteria. They estimated the school throws away about 6.8 pounds of plastic silverware alone each day, for a yearly average of over 12-hundred pounds, and they figure more than 65-hundred pounds of recyclable materials overall are being thrown away annually.

Now they're spreading their message to other students district wide. The students say every six to eight weeks they will revisit the trash analysis and continue to spread the message of reducing, reusing and recycling.

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