How To Recycle Organic Waste
In today’s society, many people are becoming more eco-conscious and looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Recycling is a key step towards leading a greener lifestyle and most people are aware of the availability of facilities to recycle material like cardboard, paper, aluminum cans and some types of plastic. Recycling organic waste is a fairly new concept and people often don’t understand the importance of recycling material that naturally biodegrades by itself over time. According to research by Lower Reule Bioenergy, around 10 million tonnes of organic food waste is thrown out across the UK every year, of which only 1.8 million tonnes is currently recycled. However, recycling your organic waste offers a number of fantastic benefits - from reducing the volume of waste in your household bin to minimising harmful carbon emissions. With this in mind, here are some of the top ways to recycle organic waste in your household.
Create your own compost bin
One of the most obvious ways to recycle your organic waste is by creating your own compost bin or pile in your garden. Doing this will significantly reduce the amount of waste in your kitchen bin, thus minimising the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Compost can also be used as an excellent soil additive and natural plant fertiliser, making it great for both your garden and the environment! What’s more, it’s super easy to start making your own compost. According to advice on popular gardening blog Mowers - “There are plenty of [compost bins] available to purchase and you can even make you own out of a plastic lidded box. Food and garden waste can be topped up with soil and aim for a 50% balance between green waste and brown waste. Green waste like tea bags, peelings and plants will decompose quickly compared to brown waste such as egg shells, plants and thorny cuttings which take longer to break down.” Remember that you should avoid adding animal products like meat, dairy and fish to your compost bin.
Contribute to your neighbours’ compost pile
If you don’t want to start a compost bin or pile in your own garden, then look for any households in your local area that have one. Many gardeners are more than happy to accept food waste contributions to their compost pile due to the fantastic plant fertiliser that it produces. Ask around your local area to see if anyone will let you add to their compost pile - this is also a great way to get to know your neighbours!
Donate unused food to homeless shelters
Recent statistics show that there are around 320,000 homeless people in the UK. These people often don’t have access to nutritious food which can lead to illness and poor health. If you have any unused food that is still in good condition and safe to eat, then you should consider donating this to local homeless shelters or food banks, rather than just throwing it away. Huge volumes of food gets thrown out of households every day, which is putting increasing pressure on landfills and other waste facilities. Donating any food you don’t need, helps to reduce harmful emissions by minimising the volume of waste ending up in landfills. It also helps support people who are less fortunate by providing a source of cheap and accessible food.
Take your organic waste to a local farm
Many farmers are happy to accept organic waste as they can use it to make valuable fertiliser for their crops. Organic food waste can also provide a good source of food for farm animals like pigs and cows. Accepting your organic waste can therefore help local farmers save money on costs and reduce carbon emissions - making it beneficial to you both. Contact local farmers to see whether they would be happy for you to drop your organic waste off at their farm. If you live in a city area, then check when the farmer is next coming into town and see whether they would be able to pick up your waste while passing through the area.
Start recycling your organic waste today!
As you can see, there are many simple ways to recycle your organic waste and help the environment. You should always start by trying to only purchase as much food as you need, to reduce the volume of food waste in the first place. Any unused food should then be donated to the less fortunate or recycled using methods like composting. Doing this will help reduce your household food bills, minimise the amount of waste ending up in landfills, and help create a greener and more sustainable environment for us all.
Ruby Clarkson - writer, editor, animal lover and coffee enthusiast
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