Produced by Chris Strobel and reported by Corderro McMurry
NAU-TV


As the awareness level of how harmful trash is to the environment continues to grow, people throughout the world are doing what they can to make a difference.

For some, that means skipping the straw, bringing reusable bags to the grocery store or buying in bulk to reduce the use of single-use plastics. For Northern Arizona University, it means implementing the O2GO reusable container program, promoting a reduce, reuse and recycle initiative and most recently, launching a composting program.

Meet Somat, the machine that turns the 1,500 pounds of food waste a day into nutrient-rich soil that is not only reducing trash output but also fertilizing campus.