Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/ch130910/public_html/blog__/blog-view.php on line 133
REUSE YOUR FOOD
Our world so is beautiful. Except for the landfill parts. Icko.
Let's be inspired to reduce our negative Earth impact and start increasing our positive impact.
One easy way to do this is to be aware of our food waste.
Plan better. Don't waste. Compost what you don't use. Simple.
Did you know?
When organic material such as food scraps and green waste is put in landfill, it is generally compacted down and covered. This removes the oxygen and causes it to break down in an anaerobic process. Eventually this releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The implications for global warming and climate change are enormous. Methane is also a flammable gas that can become dangerous if allowed to build up in concentration. Composting your food scraps and green waste in a compost bin eliminates many of these problems.
There will be times when we have food waste at home – be it ‘unavoidable’ food waste like vegetable peelings or ‘avoidable’ waste like leftovers that just didn’t get eaten.
But we have choices as to where to put this food. Putting food scraps in the bin ends up in landfill. Why not set up a home compost bin or worm farm? Depending on the food scraps you have left over you may even be able to feed it to your pets.
Composting and worm farming are two deliciously easy ways to prevent food waste going to landfill. Whether you live in an apartment, townhouse or a house, a compost bin or worm farm will help you to keep food waste out of landfill and reduce our environmental impact.
Composting is great for your garden and our environment. It is a process that converts organic matter like food waste into materials that plants love. By composting food waste like vegetable peelings or leftovers, you will be keeping them out of the bin, and out of landfill.
Turn your food scraps and garden vegetation into compost to:
- improve soil quality and garden vitality using your own compost
- conserve water, as healthy soil needs less water, and reduce water bills
- recycle valuable nutrients and save on fertiliser costs
- prevent greenhouse gas emissions and landfill impacts from wasted food and garden vegetation.
Your compost can be used as:
- soil conditioner
- a seed raising mix
- a slow release organic fertiliser mulch.
Many local councils sell compost bins. You can also visit your local nursery or hardware store. There are different kinds of bins to choose from so make sure you buy one that suits the space you have available.
USE IT UP, WEAR IT OUT. MAKE IT DO OR DO WITHOUT. ~ NEW ENGLISH PROVERB