A Better Way to Dispose of Food Scraps
The amount of trash that is generated in the world is staggering, but a large portion of this trash is food scraps which could be disposed of in more environmentally friendly ways. Appropriate waste disposal of scraps would eliminate billions of pounds of trash that enter our landfills each year. With a little thought and effort, waste management can dramatically drop the amount of food that households throw away everyday.
One of the most environmental ways to dispose of your food scraps is to utilize a compost. It is very easy to begin. All you need is a place to store the scraps; typically, a trash can with holes drilled in for water drainage is the most common option. Any vegetable and fruit scrap can be added in along with household trash such as newspapers and lint. A growing trend is to add worms to help the decomposition
Once your compost has had time to grow over a few months, one has access to extremely rich and nutrient dense soil that can be used in their garden. This is totally free! It is also one of the best things to add to a garden to improve output. If a vegetable garden is not an option, this soil can be added to flowers or compost tea used to water flowers.
Reutilizing Food Scraps in the Kitchen
Instead of throwing away the scraps, another choice is to reinvent them into something usable for your family. Vegetable broth is easy to make; simply add typical vegetable scraps, such as celery leaves, carrot peels, mushroom stems, etc., to a pot of boiling water. After a number of hours simmering, the broth will be delicious and ready to use in a variety of soups.
Vegetables are capable of regrowth. Garlic, lettuce, celery and potatoes, to name a few, are able to grow in water once part of it has been used. This is an excellent project for children. Another delicious option is apple peel jelly! With a little research and ingenuity, leftover food can further provide for your family.
Giving Back to Nature
Another method of waste disposal for food scraps is for the birds! Birds are capable of digesting many foods we toss away. Typically added items to bird seed are crushed eggshells, cereal, cheese, and crackers. Fruit left out can attract and feed a variety of birds as well.
Waste management does not have to be a chore; it can be fun! From bird feeder projects to using coffee grinds in foot scrubs, there is a plethora of exciting options. Sitting at the bottom of the trash can should be the last resort for the disposal of food.
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