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Could cafeteria 'trash cams' stop veggie waste?

  • School officials in Lake County, Fla. consider installing cameras on trash cans to see what kids toss at lunch
  • Students wasted $75,000 in produce last year
A Florida school is considering attaching cameras to trash cans to find out what kids are tossing away.

We already know we're wasting a crazy amount of food every year; a report says about $165 billion goes straight in the trash. Well, school officials in Lake County, Florida, are considering an interesting approach to curb some of the waste: Attach cameras to trash cans to find out exactly what kids are tossing each day.

Read more: 40% of our food is going in the trash

According to HLN affiliate WKMG, students in Lake County threw out about $75,000 worth of produce last year. And while federal law requires students to purchase healthy lunches, officials say most students are tossing those veggies in the trash.

School board member Todd Howard tells WKMG that not only is it a waste of nutrition but it's also a waste of taxpayers' money.

Watch: Three ways to make your produce last longer

But elementary school mom Laurel Walsh says the schools shouldn't be getting kids to eat better; it's the parents' responsibility.

"If the kids just don't like it because they've never been given it at home, they're not going to try something new here," she told WKMG.

School leaders haven't made any decisions on installing the cameras but, if they give them the green light, they say they won't capture students' faces.

We want your take: Do you think "trash cams" in school cafeterias are a good idea?

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