BLOOMFIELD HILLS (WWJ) – Some Bloomfield Hills students are honoring Earth Day in advance with an attempt to reduce the amount of trash they generate.

About 300 students at West Hills Middle School are hoping to cut in half the average number of garbage bags filled during lunch.

School Vice President Andy Gignac said kids are learning they can recycle more things than they thought.

“Wow, you know, that plastic fork that I’m using to eat my spaghetti, I can recycle that. The foil bag that my chips came in, I can recycle that as well,” said Gignac.

The students are also encouraged to bring “litter-less” lunches to school  and utilize items like Tupperware and reusable bottles.

“Kids want to make a difference, naturally, and sometimes they’re just not equipped with the knowledge to know what they can do to make a difference. So, I think the education piece that’s taking place inspires kids,” said Gignac.

Earth Day is this Sunday.

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