How to reuse food wasteUPDATED 8:08 PM HST Jun 19, 2013Video Transcript
time... but take a look inside your trash can. There's probably a lot in there that could actually be used again! We're not talking paper and plastic... but FOOD! New at six: KITV4's Lara Yamada shows us the nationwide effort -- driven by students -- of all ages. NATS: 3838 Hahahe! NATS: 0020 They're tickling me! Squiggling and squirming... NATS: 3530 They're some lettuce and banana peels... The well-fed worms at Waikiki elementary are enriching young minds too. KALAE 3459-06 This one is all the rich soil and stuff that we'll use on our plants. The kids are recycling a 1/2 a ton of food a week, feeding the plants that fill their tummies, and becoming a model for a growing movement. BREANNA 4258-02 I've seen them give tours around school and actually teach adults and I'm like 'yes!' MINDY 4356-02 We would really like to see the schools go zero waste because we know we've been harboring wonderful resources they call waste on their campus. STANDUP: 1835-45 Get this, the average college student wastes about a pound of food every day. So, you've got a large body of people, in a relatively small area, wasting a lot of food. Perfect place to make a big difference. JOSH 2342-47 I believe they compsted about 270 pounds of food every week. HPU, UH and KCC are among the schools joining the EPA's National Food Recycling Challenge -- already armed with years of experience. RON 1800-03 So we have to make it a win-win situation for everyone. KCC's Ron Takahashi is leading generations of students creating sustainable models for businesses. RON 10200-06 We tried to explain to our students everything you threw into the dumpster you paid for. It didn't come free. 10823 NATS door opens And over at UH, student-driven efforts are paying off in a number of ways... JOHN 11504-13 So we're turning waste that our school usually pays to get rid of and turning it into something that's beneficial for landscaping for farms for everything. And for everyone! KALAE 3543- It's kinda gross. But it's fun at the same time. Lara Yamada. KITV4 News. Recognizing the need to take action and force change.