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As kindergartners finished their lunches on Friday, a couple of fifth-graders and several adults swooped in like vultures with color-coded, wheeled barrels to sort through what remained.
Benton STEM Elementary School students on a recent day produced 81 pounds of lunchroom trash destined for a landfill.
Thanks to a $97,000 grant through the city, that has been reduced by more than 55 percent. After starting a new program to recycle and compost lunchroom waste, the students recently produced 36 pounds of trash, 50 pounds of compost and about five pounds of recyclables.