Hawaii universities pledge to reduce food waste

Food waste is tricky in Hawaii because of the state's limited disposal capacity.

June 24—University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College and Hawaii Pacific University have joined a nationwide effort to reduce food waste.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday the three institutions join more than 90 other colleges and universities nationwide pledging to reduce wasted food.

The EPA says food waste is the single largest type of waste sent to landfills and incinerators nationwide. When food scraps are disposed of in a landfill, they decompose and become a significant source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Food waste is especially problematic in Hawaii, with a limited disposal capacity.