[Farm animal noises and music] You look really funny when you eat. Anyone ever tell you that? And you look funny when you throw away food that you don’t
eat. You know why? Because the food that you don’t eat ends up right here in the
garbage can. The garbage can doesn’t need it, you do! Yeah you. You really should eat
what you take. The cafeteria people work hard to make good food for you, but when
you can’t eat everything on your tray the garbage can doesn’t have to be the
end of the line. You guys look really silly when you eat, anybody ever tell you
that? You know there is something really cool that your school cafeteria can do
with the food that you don’t eat. Let’s just say that there’s some critters out
there that don’t mind eating your cafeteria leftovers. That’s right, pigs!
Little baby ones, cute medium-sized ones and big fat ones. Here on this farm these
pigs love eating school food waste and it’s good for them too. This is a video
about taking the food waste you would normally throw away and turning it into
food for pigs. It’s called food waste recycling. You know about recycling; you
already do it with newspapers and pop cans, but did you know that you can
recycle your school cafeteria’s food waste too? “Why bother?”
Because while you
may throw away just a little bit of uneaten food each day, if you add it all
up, your whole school throws out a huge amount of food. “So? What’s the big deal?” So
an average school might throw out 17 tons of food waste during a school year.
That’s the equivalent of two and a half elephant. Who wants to lift two and a half
elephants worth of food waste? Actually, lifting two elephants isn’t that bad…
it’s lifting that half an elephant that gets kind of messy with all the guts and
stuff hanging out… Anyway, a whole metro area might throw out as much as four
hundred and forty thousand elephants a year, and every year the amount of
garbage we throw out is growing, so it’s time to do something now, before we’re
all swimming in food waste. All that food waste just gets dumped and messes up the
environment. When you recycle, you’re helping keep the environment clean and
you help save money for schools. So, how can you help? Well, prick up those ears
because I’m about to tell you how you can help turn all those elephants into
pigs through the magic of food waste recycling. It all begins right here in
the cafeteria. Every day you eat breakfast or lunch at school you’ll have
a chance to recycle what you don’t eat. You can even participate if you bring
your lunch from home. When you’re done eating all that scrumptious food and
you’ve left your unopened items on the share table, you’ll bring your tray up to
this special food waste sorting table. You’ll set down your tray and sort all
the stuff on it into two barrels. The first one is for stuff that pigs can eat.
The second barrel is for stuff the pigs can’t eat. How do you know which is which?
if you can eat it, they can eat it! Well, at least none of it is supposed to
be eaten. Let’s review some of the common items that you’ll throw in the garbage
barrel; the one that won’t go to the pigs. Styrofoam. Plastic silverware. Plastic
packaging. Reusable containers from home. Milk cartons. Drink boxes. Ooh, ketchup and
mustard packets. And corn dog and Popsicle sticks. But, there are some
things you don’t normally eat that the pigs can! Like orange peels, melon rinds,
chicken bones, apple cores and banana peels. Ooh, sorry. Like I said, normally eat. “All
that sounds confusing. How will I remember?” When you first start the program, there
will be adults at the sorting table to guide you through it. “Make sure the
carton doesn’t go in…” After that, student helpers will help you remember how to do
it. “Sounds easy!” It is easy, and every time you do it, you have the power to help the
environment. That feels good, right? “Yeah.” Now let’s take a quick look as kids
bring their trays up for sorting, so you can get the hang of it. Remember, to speed
things up you’ll want to open up your milk cartons and other packaging
completely before you leave your table. Here’s a sample breakfast tray. Which of
these items should go into the barrel for the pigs? That’s right, the milk, the
juice the cereal, the yogurt and the applesauce. The packaging can be thrown
in the garbage barrel. Here is a sample lunch tray. Which items would you put in
the barrel for the pigs? That’s right. Rice, taco salad with meat, chips, the
banana, corn and milk. The packaging can be thrown in the garbage barrel. And
here’s a bagged lunch from home. Which items can the pigs eat?
Chips, juice, peanut butter sandwich, carrots and the orange peels. The
packaging can be thrown in the garbage barrel. [music] No no no no… this goes in the pogo
stick barrel! Over there. So, what happens to all that food waste after you sort? It
it doesn’t just magically appear next to our porky pals on the farm. Well, first
it’s stored in your school. A custodian removes the barrels from the sorting
table and covers them tightly. Then he rolls them into a storage area where
they will sit for a short time until a truck driver comes and picks them up.
Every couple of days a truck driver will come and pick up food waste at your
school. I think I hear him coming!
[truck honks] [man screams] The truck driver hops out of this truck and goes
and gets the barrels from the storage area, then loads them onto his lift. Hey I
wonder if that lift could handle half an elephant? He lifts the barrels high onto
his truck and empties them into the truck. He then washes off the barrels,
puts in new plastic liners and returns the clean barrels to the school storage
site. So that’s it here at the school; let’s go
out to the farm and pig out. Hey, wait for me!
[music] The truck arrives at the farm
where the pigs are eagerly waiting for your leftovers. The first thing the
driver does is hook up a hose to the truck. The hose shoots hot steam into the
truck to cook the food waste so it’s safe for the pigs to eat. The food actually sits in the truck and cooks, Mmm! I can smell it now. Bon Appetit Oh, it’s my new deodorant. The truck brings the cooked food to this concrete pad and dumps it. can you spot your apple core in there? The food sits here until it cools.
Just like you, pigs can’t eat food that’s too hot – they’ll burn their mouths! After
it’s cooled, the farmer scoops it up with his big tractor and serves it up to our
friends the pigs. Wouldn’t it be cool if your parents fed
you with a tractor? You could be like bring it back mom… come on back… oh yeah! There’s good eating! That’s how your food
waste gets to the pigs, and they love it! And that’s how little pigs turn into
medium pigs and how medium pigs turn into big pigs. Speaking of big pigs, any you guys seen my agent? That’s just a little joke. I love you Marty, you’re the
greatest… really. Your school isn’t the only one helping to feed the pigs. Fresh fruit and vegetable companies and even potato chip companies also chip in food
waste for the pigs. So that’s how you turn elephants into pigs; through the magic of food waste recycling. It’s super easy to learn, it’s good for the
environment, it saves money for your school and the pigs love it!
Food waste recycling! Hop to it! “You know, as principal one of the things that I really appreciate about this particular program that we’re working with is it’s
actually reduced our costs here. We’ve been able to take a large garbage
dumpster and reduce that into half, and economically that saves money for our
district, takes up less space in our parking lot, it doesn’t get over-filled,
because the food isn’t in it; it smells better, and also our custodians have
really appreciated the fact they don’t have to lift heavy food waste barrels
over their heads and trying to dump this into the dumpster.” “Before we started this
program, the trash barrels were so heavy that I couldn’t physically lift a trash
barrel to dump it into the dumpster by myself. The trash barrels now are just
mainly full of paper so they’re not nearly as heavy as they used to be. Our trash
used to get picked up Monday through Friday, five days a week, and now we’re
down to just Monday Wednesday Friday, so we’ve eliminated two trash pickup days.
Trash bags are one of the biggest expenses for the Custodial Department. Since this program started, I now use about a third of the trash bags that I
used to use previously. This program frees me up to do other things in the
building, be more productive in other areas.” “You know, one of the things that
we’ve really found from this project is the team spirit, the team building spirit,
that our students have had. What we do is we have two of our students do the food
waste management for the week and then those two students choose two new
students to do the next week’s work and then so on and so on, so what we have are kids stepping up for leadership roles and receiving some kind of award because
you know it means something to them to be actively doing something for adults
here.” “Now that the program is up and running; that we’ve been doing it for a year and a half, now two years, the kids all do know what it is; even the new ones coming in they catch on real easy and the kids at the recycling buckets
explain to the new kids and it’s just a routine now, an everyday routine” “This is a good idea for any school. This helps children learn about their environment,
it helps reduce waste, it helps children in learning about food waste and costs,
and it also give them ownership, gives an ownership of their environment, so as a
principal I would definitely recommend this to my colleagues. I think it’s
something that we need to do passionately as we seek to help children
preserve the Earth.” [Music]