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Candy wrappers to pet waste bags: how East Knox students are helping the environment

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From left are Paizley Barner, Madison Rambo, Reem Ezzarouali, Ellie Clark, Breidyn Burch, John Tucker, Hayden Garman, and Matt Baugher, program manager of Knox County Recycling & Litter Prevention.

HOWARD — Last October when Breidyn Burch finished his study hall work early, he asked his teacher for something else to do. Little did he know that question would set students on a mission to help end waste.

EK Recycling wrapper bins

From left, Briaunna Evans, Breidyn Burch, John Tucker, and Hayden Garman

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A team meeting with Principal Melissa Moreland and Building and Ground Supervisor Mike Scott to present their proposal and seek approval for the recycling plan.

EK Recycling paper bins

Kneeling are Ellie Clark, left, and Reem Ezzarouali. Standing are Madison Rambo, left, and Paizley Barner.