Food Scrap Video Script



Davis Commercial Food Scrap Program:

From Farm to Kitchen to Farm

Did you know that you can collect food scraps for composting?

It’s true, and I’m here to show you just how easy it is.

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Collecting food scraps is easy. There is only one rule you need to think about: KEEP IT SEPARATE.

Show kitchen staff using food scrap bin

You already separate paper and plastics. Now we’re just asking you to take the next step and separate your food scraps.

Actor talking

In the kitchen, there are only two things in it: the food itself; and the packaging it came in.

All you need to do is KEEP THEM SEPARATE

Show kitchen staff separating food from packing

Use color coded bins, so that you can easily identify what goes in each bin.

Make sure each bin is clearly labeled

Show bins in the kitchen

One for paper.

This includes boxes and other paper packing materials


Show recycling cart and the acceptable materials

One for containers.

This includes steel and aluminum cans, aluminum foil, glass bottles and jars, plastic containers and lids.


Show recycling cart and the acceptable materials

And one for food scraps.

fruit, vegetables, pasta, bread, rice, meat, dairy and coffee grounds

Food-soiled paper products—coffee filters, tea bags, paper plates and wax cardboard-get tossed in too!


Show food scraps bin the acceptable materials

Food scrap bins go where food is prepared—nearly everything that comes out of the food prep area is compostable. The rest? Usually recyclable.

Show the food prep area with kitchen staff prepping food and placing materials in the food scrap bin.

Place a bin by the dish washing station. Instead of scraping plates into the trash, scape them off in a food waste bin.

You’ll be amazed at how much less garbage you produce, once you start sorting.

Show the washing station, with kitchen staff scraping plates into the food waste bin

Unlike recycling collected in Davis, the food scraps you collect and put in your cart won’t be sorted. That’s why it’s so important to keep it separate.

Actor talking

Once food scraps are picked up by Davis Waste Removal, they’re sent directly to a compost facility to be ground up, placed into rows and turned into compost. Non-compostable materials contaminate the finished compost. We have to make sure that ONLY thing in there is food scraps!

The golden rule here is: If you’re in doubt, leave it out.

DWR crew picking up a food scrap bin and empting it into a truck.

Graphic: If you’re in doubt, leave it out.

One thing that DOESN’T go in there is plastic.

 Plastic bags, containers, wrappers-just say no. If you want to line your food scrap collection bins with plastic bags, EMPTY the food scraps OUT of the plastic bag and INTO the food scrap cart. Don’t toss the whole thing in.You may even be able to use the plastic bag as a liner again.

Just to emphasize: NO PLASTIC in the carts please.

Food scrap bin lined with plastic bag. Bag is removed and emptied into the cart.


Be sure to train your staff on what can be placed in each bin. Incorporate recycling instruction into new employee training.

Show a supervisor talking with employees and showing them which materials to place in each bin. (Picture is OK if no video is available)

A simple poster with color pictures can help serve as a quick reminder. Download free posters at

Show one of our posters hung on the wall with the staff working in the background or checking out the poster.


Show poster  (

There are so many tangible benefits for collecting food scraps, I wish I had more time to talk about them.

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Composting food scraps reduces waste.

15 % of commercial waste is food scraps.

That’s THOUSANDS OF TONS of garbage EACH WEEK that can be recycled instead of sent to a landfill

GRAPHIC: 15 % of commercial waste is food scraps.

Source: California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization Survey

Composting turns waste into a usable product.

Compost allows farms to grow food with fewer pesticides and fertilizers, which can have negative effects on our environment and our health.

Image (or video) of a compost facility—a pile of material, then the compost pile, then the finished compost.

Then there’s the reduction of methane gas.

In a landfill, food scraps produce large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas 70 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions contributes to a healthier planet.

Cartoon of food scraps being emptied by a truck in a landfill, buried and then releasing “gas” (shown by vapors rising up out of the ground).

You’ll also get green recognition from a pretty important group; your customers. Today’s consumers, especially in Davis, are environmentally aware. For many, they make a clear choice to patronize businesses that put an effort into being green, like composting food scraps.

Video shots of some of the signs that businesses can place to show their customers that they compost.

A sign by the host podium, a small sign on the table/booth, a sign at the buffet line, etc.


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And last, but not least, you can save money

Let’s face it, that’s what we’re here for, right?

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By removing food scraps from your garbage, you may be able to downsize your garbage service and save this key cost.

Recycling service is free in Davis, but you pay for your garbage and food scraps. Recycle as much as you can, reducing the amount of food waste you produce, and you can save money on your garbage bill.

Shot of the waste bins and recycling carts. Small garbage bin, lots of recycling carts.

By composting food scraps, Davis takes another bold step forward as an environmental leader.

Food scrap bin with kitchen food prep staff placing materials inside

You already recycle your paper and containers, now it’s time for the food scraps.

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It’s time to show sustainable and successful go hand in hand. From farm, to kitchen, to farm-by participating in the Davis Commercial Food Scrap Program.


Davis Commercial Food Scrap Program:

From Farm to Kitchen to Farm

For more information, visit

Or call the City of Davis Public Works Department 757-5686