Husker students dive into lunchtime waste at Lincoln Southwest High School to help measure the success of recycling and composting programs.
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- [00:00:04.910]We're doing a waste audit, so we're sorting through
- [00:00:07.160]the school's trash to see what kind of things
- [00:00:10.550]are making it up, see what we can sort into recycling,
- [00:00:12.780]what we can sort into compost, and what we can sort
- [00:00:15.470]into what actually goes in the landfill.
- [00:00:18.340]Okay, that's compost.
- [00:00:19.173]There's just a banana peel in there.
- [00:00:20.006]So, the UNL students are dissecting
- [00:00:22.820]what's going in the trash and helping us figure out
- [00:00:24.830]what that potential is to keep growing
- [00:00:26.600]those programs and improving them.
- [00:00:28.660]Having this information helps them say,
- [00:00:30.247]"Okay, we're still missing a couple spots in this building.
- [00:00:32.987]"What can we do to address that?"
- [00:00:34.930]Maybe it's a high-traffic area that doesn't have
- [00:00:36.440]a recycle bin in it now.
- [00:00:37.980]We can identify that area and say,
- [00:00:39.327]"Okay, we're gonna put a recycle bin in there."
- [00:00:42.010]Yeah, it literally smells
- [00:00:42.843]like elementary school.
- [00:00:43.724]Yeah, it looks like elementary school.
- [00:00:45.064](female student laughing)
- [00:00:45.897]I think it's actually a really interesting way
- [00:00:47.190]to get out in the field and kind of get hands-on experience.
- [00:00:50.320]But one thing that did shock me is
- [00:00:51.710]that there is a lot of stuff
- [00:00:53.160]that you'd think could be recycled,
- [00:00:54.410]but you can't actually recycle it
- [00:00:55.243]'cause you can't rinse it off, like plastic forks and stuff.
- [00:00:58.330]They can't rinse them off, so they have to get thrown away.
- [00:01:00.920]They're learning about daily waste
- [00:01:02.290]and what that actually looks like on the ground.
- [00:01:04.610]They all have a sort of underlying thread of passion
- [00:01:07.460]toward doing something sustainable or making a difference
- [00:01:10.310]in this world, and so this gives them a real, local,
- [00:01:13.550]practical way they can start doing that.
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- [00:01:16.614]Compost bag, 8.77.
- [00:01:20.470]It's really just valuable for us,
- [00:01:22.060]because if LPS tried to do these waste audits,
- [00:01:24.500]I don't have a large staff, so it would take us
- [00:01:26.283]a really long time and probably just wouldn't happen.
- [00:01:30.070]We're able to provide a learning opportunity
- [00:01:32.150]for our students and service to the community as well.
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