LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas school is working hard to become the first in Texas to be certified Litter Free.
On Wednesday a group of third graders at Saint Cyprian's worked on a waste audit.
They've been working for weeks to get certified to be the first Keep America Beautiful Litter Free school in Texas.
"We're looking through waste to see like if people have been putting recyclable items in waste instead of recycling it," recycling 3rd , Avery Fondren said. "We have paper only bins in all of the classrooms and if they put paper in waste, we sort through it."
"We are really big on recycling in our school and each week they collect paper from every classroom and weigh it," Environmental Science Teacher, Karl Nerren said. "We send it to the recycling center."
The little super heroes said they're saving the environment one recycling bin at a time.
"We try to save 12 trees and we've saved two so far," recycling 3rd grader, Cayden Cole said.
"It feels good that we're helping save trees and animals," recycling 3rd grader, Gracie Juras said. "We want to save more trees."
"If they start now and are aware of it at a young age they form habits of recycling then later on in life those habits will probably stick," Neeren said.
During the waste audit students gathered trash from all over campus and separated it into the proper category. Once the trash was separated into sections it was put into bags so they can be weighed.
Every bag is weighed, documented and analyzed. The information will be sent to Keep America Beautiful.
"We're doing it so we can see how much recyclable things we put in the trash, "Juras said. "We want people to think twice before they put a recyclable item into the trash."
"They're looking at data because they're going to make a report for our school so that each classroom can see where they stand as far as the trash that they have," Nerren said.
"Always put recycling in the recycling bin and don't put it in the trash can," Cole said. "You shouldn't be lazy and throw it on the floor."
To be certified a litter free school organizers said they must complete three components, which are making a tree trial, doing litter prevention and a waste audit.
The school will submit its work to the non-profit Keep America Beautiful.