Bone And Shell Recycling 🦴: In this blog, we will talk about the possibility of bone and/or shell food waste recycling (along with other viable food waste). Moreover, we will talk about food waste recycling or composting, its importance to the environment, benefits and more. If you want to learn more, continue reading this blog.


Everybody has a passion for something. I, in particular, have a passion for writing. Ever since I was a kid, I wrote different pieces and articles for my school’ paper. Even now that I grew older, I continue to construct ideas and sew them together as strings of words as a blog writer –  talking about the environment, recycling, waste management and more.

Being an environmentally aware is something that I only achieved once I did my own research to write blogs. I have learned how much the environment badly need us to ‘get it together’ and reduce our environmental impact.

With that said, food waste is one of the leading waste problems in the world that we must tackle to save the environment. On a global scale, people waste around 1.3 billion tonnes (you read that right – 1.3 billion tonnes!) of food each year. That equates to around a third of all food produced for human consumption, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. What’s more, a significant portion of food waste goes into the rubbish bin and gets sent to landfill.


Possible options?

This food waste problem certainly needs to be addressed, and one of the best solution we can do (aside from simply not wasting food, of course) is to recycle or compost them. However, not a lot of people do not know what food waste to and what food waste not to recycle or compost. An example most of our readers ask us is bone and/or shell leftovers.

As a result, we have created this blog to educate you on what you can do to your bones and/or shells. Is bones/shells recycling possible? Or, are there any other viable options. Discover more below.

Short answer: remove bone/shell leftovers waste by placing it in a compost bin or composting it yourself.

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Bones and/or shells recycling: what you need to know

As mentioned above, we can recycle and compost better if we know exactly what to do with food waste. When we create food waste, we should be responsible enough to recycle or compost them after consumption.

So, can bones and/or shells be recycled? The answer: send it to your  green waste, organic or compost bin. Do remember that anything natural, you can definitely place in your organic waste bin. Anything natural can be transformed into a nutrient-rich soil. Once it grows, it goes (or, a more accurate phrase you should remember, “If it grows, it goes”). Below, we share examples of what you can (aside from bones and/shells – not recycling, but composting) and cannot compost (SPOILER ALERT: almost everything we share that can be composted is food waste):

  • Paper products stained with food waste (greasy pizza boxes, paper plates stained with food, coffee filters etc.)
  • Bones and/or shells (i.e., chicken and pork bones, seafood shells etc.)
  • Grass clippings, branches, leaves, dead plants – some examples of yard waste
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Breads and grains
  • Eggshells
  • Meats
  • Newspaper


Here, we present you with items that you cannot and should not compost:

  • Any products made from plastic
  • Animal waste (debatable, but it would require lots of steps)
  • Stickers found from fruits (e.g., stickers from apple fruit peels)
  • Glass
  • Metal

Basically, try to avoid composting man-made items (i.e., artificial and inorganic items).


Bones and/or shells recycling: importance of composting

Why do we really need to compost food waste? We are not talking about just bone and/or shell recycling, but we are talking about food waste as a whole.

We should do so, first and foremost, to avoid sending them in rubbish bins and them going into landfill. It will decompose (anaerobically – without oxygen), therefore producing odourous gases and methane, the second-most potent greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. In addition, food waste rotting in landfill can produce leachate, a liquid substance that can mix with the ground. Leachate can pollute groundwater and water ways if left untreated and uncontained.

As a result, not only do you prevent food waste from going into landfill, but you also stop contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and leachate production.


Waster’s organic food waste service

For small and medium Aussie businesses, we provide organic food waste services for you.

Organic waste services in 120 litre bin sizes: Please contact our customer service team for larger bin options. By removing food items from your general waste bin, you can reduce the weight and hence cost of waste management for your business and significantly boost your overall recycling performance.

And, as mentioned above, you also divert food waste from landfill!

Do not put a plastic bag or any other contaminants; facilities cannot treat them and they will ruin a whole batch.

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