We have come to the end of the 5 weeks to waste management! Hurray! Hopefully we have all learnt something new during these last 5 weeks whether that big or small. With that being said, today's focus is all about food waste. Did you know that 30% of what goes into your bin can actually be composted down to make a natural conditioner for your soil. Some of these didn't even occur to me that you could! Let's dive in.
What you can and cannot compost
Can: Plant materials such as un-cooked veggie scraps, non-citrus fruit peels and seeds, nut shells, egg shells, coffee grinds, loose tea, brown paper, even hair and nail clippings (unpolished), and fire place ashes.
Cannot: Meat, fish, dairy, bread, pasta, processed foods, citrus, dog and cat litter, large un-chopped woody branches and cooked food.
If you haven't started composting yet we will be looking at a few different ways that you can start to get involved.
Home Composting with a bin
Home composting is a great way to get healthy and nutritious soil for your plants! and there are plenty of ways to do it. You can go traditional, with a big compost bin or even make a small one in a bucket just to get the hang of it. Watch the video below for a method on how to do it at home with minimal space lost. Or, visit this website to get a West Sussex County Council subsidised compost bin! https://getcomposting.com/profile/login
An extra link for you in case you need it: https://www.recyclenow.com/reduce-waste/composting
Viticulture Composting at home
Now this one sounds a bit weird but stick with me. But, it is a great way to rot your food waste at home if you have limited or no outdoor space or no spare time! Worms. Well worm bin. This home composting route is a great way to get the kids involved. Watch as the worms eat up all the yummy scraps and in turn, create a nutritious compost and concentrated liquid fertiliser. If you may be worried about the smell?! It doesn't have to be a smelly endeavour. If you follow the advice and direction for the below links, it shouldn't be stinky at all!
I have attached three easy follow along links that direct you through setting up your own worm bin and all the ins and outs about it.
Setting up a worm bin: https://www.thespruce.com/vermicomposting-setting-up-a-worm-bin-2539503
Worm Composting 101: https://www.planetnatural.com/worm-composting/
Worm composting advice: https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/Profile?PID=726
Some other options
So of course it would be best to try and not waste any food! Easier said than done obviously but hopefully by now we are giving it our best shot. Firstly, eat up those left overs. Pizza the next morning? Delicious! even better than the night before some may say. Spag Bog for lunch? Yeah sounds great. Just remember to have some handy containers at home so you can easily take it to work/school the next day. If you are looking for a new one, do check out our ones over on the Scrapless Store. We have some fab metal ones that can hold alot in them and even come with a snack pot. Click here for the large one (Ideal for work/ adults) and here for the medium one (ideal for kids as narrower towers). Use code ROT for a 10% discount on both (valid for one week only ending on the 6th June 2020).
Food sharing apps: How cool aye. Technology has gotten us to the point where it helps us reduce food waste! Check out these three that are worth giving a go
Olio: Olio helps to connect neighbours and local retailers so surplus food can be shared and not disposed of. This also works as a trading platform with other items on offer such as garden tools and kitchen appliances.
Too Good to Go: Active in nine European countries, this app helps to combat the issue of waste by providing a platform for stores to sell their surplus produce at a reduced price - think food delivery with a green discount!
Karma: For if you are visiting London: From the Michelin-starred Aquavit to Hummus Bros, Magpie and Detox Kitchen, this Swedish start-up allows consumers to discover unsold food from nearby restaurants, bars and cafés in London.
And finally, talk to your neighbours, friends and family to see if they have a compost bin or would go halvesies on a food waste collection bin. I am sure one of the above has one option to help rot our food scraps away. Just take over you scraps the next time you visit and viola you have helped to rot and stopped it going to landfill. Maybe just chuck the scraps in the freezer during the period where you don't visit them!
How do you compost? I would love to know in the comments! Or any tips would fab. If you have any blog suggestions or ideas please do get in touch! I would love to chat :D