Sarah Lehr

Sarah Lehr is a politics and civics reporter for WKAR News.

Sarah joined WKAR in June of 2021.

Sarah came to WKAR from the Lansing State Journal, where she covered government as the  city watchdog reporter. She started her career at the Youngstown Vindicator, a daily newspaper in northeast Ohio.

Sarah Lehr is a graduate of Kenyon College, where she served as editor in chief of the student newspaper.

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LEILA FADEL, HOST:

Tailgaters toss empty cans onto the grass as they gather on Sept. 11 in East Lansing, Mich., to watch Michigan State University's first home game of the season.

Other cans and bottles are stacked on the ground surrounding trash cans.

These fans aren't littering. They're merely playing a role in the game day ecosystem.

Canners make money by collecting empty cans and bottles, and most canners prefer when tailgaters leave those recyclables in piles — it's easier than rooting through the garbage.