Students work to boost recycling amid Flint’s water crisis

Bottled water collected by Grand Rapids Public Schools sits ready for delivery to Flint. (March 21, 2016)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — University students in Flint are working together to boost efforts to recycle empty bottles amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water.

Students from Mott Community College, Baker College, Kettering University and the University of Michigan-Flint are involved in Recycle Challenge 2016.

Campus bottle collections are planned. Students also are working together to encourage more Flint residents to use curbside recycling.

The total amount of recycled plastic will be announced at an annual Earth Day celebration on April 16.

Flint’s water has been contaminated by lead leaching from old pipes, the result of a lack of corrosion control when the city was tapping the Flint River. Residents are urged to use bottled water or filtered water, creating a big need to deal with empty water bottles.

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