More on Recycling and Food Waste

More on Recycling and Food Waste

Throwing away food is literally throwing away money. It is creating a ton of greenhouse gas emissions and more importantly it is wasting food that could have and should have been properly enjoyed. With that being said there is some waste of food that can’t be avoided, such as the shells of eggs, the peels of bananas, the bags of tea and more. This is where things such as home composting and recycling come into play. They both help with stopping filling up landfills and they help with gardens. Home composting is taking scraps such as what is mentioned above and using it in the soil as improver for the soil or as a fertilizer.

Some Interesting Facts:

  • Within the United Kingdom, during the time period of one year, between all of the households they throw away seven million tons of food that could have actually been eaten!
  • It is important to remember that everything adds up. For one family, what they throw away in the year can cost about $700, this is the same cost for an average annual utility bill.
  • Overall the food waste does have some bones in it, some cores, and some peels but the majority of it is food that is perfectly edible.
  • Throwing away edible food releases a chemical that is known as methane, it is also a greenhouse gas emission that is very dangerous. Hence throwing away good food is a waste of time, money, energy, packaging, transportation, production and more to make it in the first place. This is the same amount of energy as one in every four cars makes within the United Kingdom.

Ways of Recycling Food:

  1. Anaerobic Digestion – This s a process in which happens within a system that is closed; it uses what is known as microorganisms to break down the waste of food as well as the manure from animals, energy crops, slurries and more; this is down due to there being a lack of oxygen in the first place. However, when everything breaks down it releases methane which is then used to make electricity or as a bio gas, this means it helps with the creation of fuels for transportation and heat. Lastly, it can be used to make soil more top of the line which leads to it being rich in nutrients and the regeneration of the land.
  2. In-vessel Composting – This is a process in which involves the combing of garden waste with food waste; it gets shredded up together and sits in an enclosed area anywhere from two to four weeks long. Certain temperatures can help speed this process up, if desired. After this amount of time it is moved to sit outside and ‘mature’ for another amount of time, anywhere from one more month to three more months. While it is sitting outside, it all needs to be mixed on a regular basis to ensure good quality.

Gareth Amon, CEO and Founder of, a company that works with recycling companies, states that: “recycling companies are becoming more and more connected to the communities in which they operate. As people become more environmentally conscious, they turn to recycling companies to provide information on the best practices for recycling. As we make recycling more social, it becomes a social responsibility, and we are doing our best to promote recycling companies to the social communities in which they operate,” added Mr. Amon.

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