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Earthways Center is teaching kids about recycling from a young age. (Credit: KMOV) Earthways Center is teaching kids about recycling from a young age. (Credit: KMOV)
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St. Louis is the home of the Earthways Center, a special program to teach kids about recycling from a young age.

The Botanical Gardens is working area schools to teach children about helping the earth.

“I like that we are helping the earth and not doing any pollution to the world,” Tammy Jackson, a 4th grader, said.

Gotsch Intermediate in Affton are one of the area schools partnered with the Earthways Center. 

The center, part of the Missouri Botanical Gardens, works with area 3rd, 4th & 5th graders to make their school and community more "green."

In September, Earthways audited the school’s trash to see how they could cut back on waste.

Now the school’s "Green Team" works to reuse anything they can from the cafeteria.    

One use is composting. 

How does that work?  Joseph Levinson, a 3rd grader, explains.

“Composting is taking leftover fruits and vegetables and putting them in a bin with worms, and the worms make them into soil,” According to Levinson. 

The schools plans to start a garden in the spring, thanks to their composting efforts.

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