Do #6 Full Tummy Empty Bins
Food waste can make up as much as 40% of the content of your garbage bin and tends to increase over the festive period. Many people are unaware that food waste is a significant contributor to climate change due to the methane, a potent greenhouse gas that builds up in landfills. In addition, all the resources and energy that went into the production and transportation of the food we throw out will be wasted. These are important reasons to keep food waste to a minimum.
The good news is that there are lots of easy ways to reduce food waste which will not only help the environment but should also save you money.
Take action, commit to Do #6.
Get started by watching our video featuring Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis, or by trying out one of these alternatives:
- If you love food but hate waste plan your festive feast so that leftovers can be eaten cold or are easy to re-heat the next day - you'll be able to put your feet up on Boxing Day!
- Cooking too much food is one of the main reasons food goes to waste. A bit of portion control, letting people serve themselves and storing leftovers properly all help reduce food going to landfill and your food bill!
- As a general rule meat has a larger environmental impact in its production than fruit, vegetables and grains. So serving more vegies will have a positive impact on your celebrations.
- It’s also easier to compost fruit and vegetable scraps or use a worm farm than dealing with meat leftovers. Or make an in-ground worm feeder or "tower" or get some chickens for the yard.
- Check if your council has a food waste recycling program on RecyclingNearYou
- For all leftovers including meat scraps, a Bokashi Bucket or Urban Composter is a great solution.
Garden cuttings also create methane in landfill so check if your council has a green waste program or set up a compost bin.