Before you toss that empty bottle of soda into the trash, consider this - Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, many of them ending up in landfills. That's why Tyndall Air Force Base is trying to teach the benefits of recycling to a younger generation.
At the corner of innocence and adulthood, which today happens to be located at Tyndall Air Force Base, students were talking trash.
"I want to catch the kids while they're young, that way they can make a difference when they get a little older," said Edwin Wallace with Tyndall Recycling Center
These 1st and 3rd graders got a crash course in recycling from the recycling center, but you can almost say these kids are already experts.
Every year for American recycling day, Tyndall picks a schools to compete in a project where they have to make items out of completely recyclable materials. The group today won by designing a couple of creative pieces. One class built a man made entirely out of plastic. Another class recycled crayons by melting old, broken crayons to make new ones
"They don't let me throw away anything anymore," Teacher Renee Griggs said.
Those projects earned the kids a pizza party and a trip to see the inner workings of Tyndall's recycling center.
"They come out here and they get to see things around the base, the recyclables, how we recycle, what we recycle," said Robert Myers with Tyndall Recycling Center.
They got lessons in recycling for not only yourself, but for the safety of the creatures around you
"We need to save our animals from eating stuff that they're not supposed to, that could kill them," said 1st grader Madison Mullins.
Workers on the base hope that the children will pass on the good habits to their parents, while stressing the importance of the three R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
All that recycling on the base goes to a good cause, officials say that the money they save with recycling goes to employee salaries and operations.