Kids pitch in to help take the heat off the planet

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- More area schools are getting on board with limiting the waste that they help put into landfills. Small steps are adding up as students turn food waste into soil.

With 503 kids going through the cafeteria every day, trash is bound to pile up.

Dundee Elementary Principal Kaye Kennedy said, “I think when you think about this is a huge undertaking, it really isn't.”

Dundee started their program in October. They're now diverting 67% of their lunch waste away from the landfill.

That’s more than 4,700 pounds a month that will be composted and wind up in gardens and farms around the community.

Hillside elementary in the Westside School District just started composting on Monday. They are diverting 62% of their waste from the landfill.

Principal Cynthia Bailey said, “They all have great sense of responsibility to school and environment. They are excited to do good.”

Both schools work in partnership with Hillside Solutions. The food waste goes to their compost farm.

With less waste, we are told fewer garbage bags are being used in both schools. Hillside Solution hopes to partner with more schools in the future.