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This Is How You Reduce the Amount of Organic Waste Tossed in Landfills

May 11, 2016
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This Is How You Reduce the Amount of Organic Waste Tossed in Landfills
Thomas Shomaker
NationSwell and Sustainable America travel to Hawaii to see some of the state's impressive composting operations.

Many people know Jack Johnson as a musician. But far fewer know of his commitment to sustainability and green touring practices.

Recently, NationSwell and Sustainable America visited Johnson at the Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He was there with his Kokua Hawai’i Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to connect local students and communities to their food through gardening and proper waste management, giving composting lessons to a third grade class.

NationSwell also visited Hawaiian Earth Products, a composting facility that contracts with the City and County of Honolulu to handle green waste. Although proper organic waste disposal is important everywhere, the issue is particularly acute on Hawaii since the majority of its food is imported and food waste is either incinerated or landfilled.  Hope is on the horizon, though.  The Big Island recently announced it would build a composting facility for food waste and compostable packaging.  Hopefully, Oahu won’t be far behind.

Watch the video above to see how to instill good sustainability habits at a young age.

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