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Eighth-grader Abi Beam, center, finds a plastic spoon in the trash that could have been recycled, while classmates Cassidy Stokes, left, and Brittni Adams, right, sort through other bags of school garbage for recyclable goods on Wednesday afternoon. The garbage sorting was part of an extracurricular waste audit of the middle school in which students from the school and Bemidji State University participated in. Anne Williams | Bemidji Pioneer

Today's lesson, Dumpster diving: Trash sorting gives students insight into sustainable living

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BEMIDJI -- Caleb Countryman grinned from ear to ear Wednesday afternoon as he held up a bright blue plastic canteen a classmate found minutes earlier in the trash. It looked brand new.

Had it not been found, it likely would have ended up in the landfill, but the eighth-grader from Bemidji Middle School assured his peers he would find a use for it.

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