Eighth grade visits the Household Hazardous Waste facility

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The eighth grade class had a great field trip this week, despite a bit of rain. Students toured the Household Hazardous Waste facility and learned about the types of items they collect and how they process them once they arrive. One of the highlights was seeing the machine that crushes full cans of oil-based paints, collecting the paint and minimizing the size of the can so it can be more cheaply sent off for processing and recycling. They then made their way to the Transfer Station where they watched a film about past and current waste management in Seattle, as well as had a view of the interior of the Transfer Station where trash, as well as some recycling and compost, are dropped off. Sarah Harper-Smith’s camera wasn’t very happy with the lighting (or the rain), but here is a glimpse into their trip!

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In science class, the focus is moving to studying the atoms and molecules that go into making all the products we use every day, hazardous, recyclable, or otherwise!