Reducing waste: Big Island, UH get $2.1 million to diminish disposable foodware

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Levi Basamot, right, and Mai Han Nguyen from Hilo High School talk Thursday at Hawaii Community College about the importance of waste reduction.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Zero Waste Hawaii Program Director Jennifer Navarro speaks Thursday about the goals and importance of waste reduction on Hawaii Island.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Martha Guzman speaks Thursday at Hawaii Community College.

A program that would replace disposable foodware with reusable items at Hilo restaurants and other places that sell or serve food will take shape later this month.