There’s not a lot you can do with non-organic waste at home, besides making sure it’s properly assorted into your trash and recycling bins. But what is organic waste recycling? You could chuck it out with the rest of the trash, but certain discarded foods are useful for your home.
Recycling food can be beneficial for others and yourself, so give it a try with these tips!
Benefits of Food Waste Recycling
When you recycle your food leftovers, this can lead to a long list of benefits for you, your family and the environment. Recycling decreases the volume of the periodically collected garbage, and in turn, the amount of waste in landfills. It immediately contributes to lowering methane emissions as well.
Another benefit is that It might get you money if someone is willing to buy the end product of your compost. If you have a garden, it saves you money from buying soil and commercially made fertilizers, but overall improves the health of your garden. And if you use it to grow vegetables, it also saves you money from buying food.
Here is some of the food that you can and can’t recycle after consuming it:
You can add:
- Meat (even raw is good)
- Dairy Products
- Anything made of wheat
- Animal bedding sawdust
- Plant and flower materials (as long as they’re not diseased)
- Used tea leaves and coffee grinds.
- Soft paper products
You shouldn’t add:
- Plastic products, even biodegradable ones
- Wooden products (they degrade very slowly)
- Dog or cat litter
- Cardboard products
- Non-compostable starch liners
- Liquids, oils, and fat
How to Recycle Food Waste at Home
- Get a food container. Use a container that has a 5-liter capacity. You can use it only for food scraps and ingredients for your compost.
- Line the food caddy with compostable starch liner. A compostable starch liner is a garbage bag made especially for composting.
- Load the organic waste containers. Put all the allowed food waste from your household and extract the starch liner and place in the garden. Once the caddy is full, get it outside.
- Sort and separate the types of waste. Separate the different types and be ready to organize on flat earth in the garden.
- Organize your materials in layers. Lay twigs and straw first, and then alternate each upper layer with moist and dry. For example, the wet ingredients over the twigs should be stuff like food scraps, seaweed, tea bags. Over them, you should have dry materials like leaves, straw, pellets.
- Add manure. This method is optional and is only used to speed up the composting process. But you can skip it if you’d like.
- Sprinkle with water from a hose. Cover with wood scraps. Turn with a shovel every few weeks. We do this to let oxygen get in the deepest layers, so it doesn’t start emitting methane like in landfills.
- You can add more waste as you go. Adding and periodically turning the compost, until everything has turned into a homogeneous mixture.
Little things can make a meaningful difference, especially with cleaning your home. You can swap in harsh chemicals and wasteful cleaning products for eco-friendly products that are just as clean, if not cleaner. You can also hire a professional house cleaning service that uses these kinds of cleaning products to help save the environment.