Students learn about recycling

MILFORD – "I see my lunch!" one boy shouted as he surveyed the pile of trash spread on a tarp behind Milford Middle School.

For two days last week, sixth-and seventh-graders took part in Trash On the Lawn Day, a recycling project that teaches kids about waste management issues.

It was organized by Northeast Resource Recovery Association, a nonprofit group that works to improve recycling programs.

Indeed, there were a lot of dis­carded lunches, along with juice boxes, yogurt containers, chip bags, half-eaten hot dog rolls and other items that were hard­er to identify.

Over the two days, the students sorted through trash from some of the 20 large bags of garbage produced in the school’s class­rooms and cafeteria each day when it’s in session.

After being weighed, the trash was sorted into bins labeled cardboard, compost, aluminum, paper, plastic and steel cans. Then the trash was weighed again.

"It’s kind of mind-blowing for them," said teacher Diane Varney-Parker, who advises the school’s Recycling Club. "It re­minds us of what we need to do and how to do more recycling."

The goal, she said, is to reduce the school’s waste production by 10 percent.