Food Waste Recycling Ideas 💭: Better Solutions Than Throwing Food In General Waste
Food Waste Recycling Ideas 💭: when we think about throwing away useful resources and the waste involved, we often think about food rubbish (i.e., throwing un-eaten or passed sell-by-date food into our general waste bins) ending up at a landfill.
If you think as Mr Waster does, throwing away food surely makes you uncomfortable most – if not all – of the time. Obviously, it will never be practical to divert all food waste from landfill. But, you can do some simple steps to avoid food from going into a landfill. We will cover some really good food waste recycling ideas in today’s blog.
The great news is that there are new food waste recycling ideas coming on stream in Australia all the time. So, whether you are a business or a private household, there are lots of options available to you. Let’s get started!
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Food Waste Recycling Ideas In 2019 And 2020: Are There Viable Solutions To Reduce Waste In Landfill?
There are lots of great food waste recycling ideas which we will run through as below.
Of course, the first thing to say is that prevention is much better than cure, and so not producing food waste in the first place is the best option. Only buying the food you need is a great idea, but of course, we all know that does not always happen in reality.
So assuming we have food waste, what are the best options to avoid general waste and landfill?
Can You Donate The Food To Those In Need?
There are numerous charities that can help with providing food waste to needy people – for example, SecondBite. However, if the food waste is not suitable for provision to charity other solutions may be needed. In other words, some charities have strict criteria on what type of waste food they accept.
We cover in a blog the difference between sell-by and use by meanings.
This option is less likely for private homes. Most charities will accept healthy packaged goods (i.e., in tins)
You should bear in mind that food waste tends to be very heavy and can increase the weight and hence the collection price of your general waste collections service.
Do You Have A Pet?
A simple option, but in years gone by, there was no food waste as it would simply be given to domestic animals.
Use It As Compost For Your Garden
Many good food waste recycling ideas will involve using the waste as compost for your garden. Check out our other blogs on options such as a domestic composter, worm farms, etc.
We have also covered why food waste like coffee grounds are really great for your garden. In fact, many smart cafes are now giving their regular customers bags of used coffee grounds for their gardens!
There are increasing options such as composters for both home and business use, whereby food waste can be turned into compost for growing vegetables, a nice circular economy approach. See cleanup.org.au for more detail on this topic.
Have You Heard Of Biogas?
One of the best and most exciting new food waste recycling ideas – is a biogas reactor. This device, which can be small enough for a domestic home, lets the food waste rot to release gas, which is used to create electricity.
In fact, some farms produce so much biogas that they could be self-sufficient.
In fact, some people argue that food waste is such a valuable source of energy. With the rapid advancement of technology, it will become more prevalent in the future!
Other Food Waste Recycling Ideas: Organic Food Waste Bins
If you can not have a biogas reactor or composter on-site, you could consider food waste bins.
For food waste bins, the contents are taken to advanced facilities, where it is either used to produce compost on an industrial scale or for electricity generation.
There are also new facilities coming on stream for treatment of organic waste, an example of which is Earthpower in Sydney metro. As per the facility website:
“The EarthPower facility uses anaerobic digestion technology to convert solid and liquid food waste, into a combustible gas similar to natural gas.”
“The digester gas is then recovered and used as a renewable fuel source in cogeneration engines to produce green electricity. This electricity is then sold to the grid for distribution to domestic, commercial and industrial clients.”
“A by-product of the anaerobic digestion process is a nutrient-rich sludge, which is dried and granulated for sale as fertilizer into the agriculture and horticultural markets. Waste heat from the cogeneration engines is used in the fertilizer drying process and to heat the digesters.”
“When compared to other food waste disposal processes, such as landfill and composting, the EarthPower facility achieves the highest environmental sustainable use of food waste and most favourable environmental outcomes by way of production of green energy, while also producing organic fertilizer for local agriculture businesses, reducing the need of synthetic fertilizers.”
Insects As Part Of The Solution?
Some may find insects gross, disgusting, icky, or whatever word you may use. But, did you know that there are research and ideas revolving around them that involves food waste recycling?
The ABC reports that Canberra, ACT-based startup GoTerra “is experimenting with the idea of using insects to solve such waste problems and expects to process 200 tonnes of waste this year, turning it into chicken food.”
“The company cultivates the larvae of the black soldier fly, raising them on waste streams.”
“Ms Yarger said the larvae can process grape marc (what is left over from the grapes after pressing), pumpkins and unsold food from the retail sector and do it in a surprisingly clean way.”
One Final Option: A Waste to Water Machine
If you produce large quantities of food waste – a bin collection service can be very expensive.
If you are a factory or hotel etc with large quantities – you could consider waste to the water machine. This is a machine where the food waste is turned into liquid. Additionally, it is also emptied down the sewer, meaning you do not require bins at all!
You can see more detail here.
Conclusion On Food Waste Ideas
Hopefully, some of the recycling ideas as above will be practical enough for you to implement.
Implementing some simple food waste recycling ideas – can really cut your waste bill and help the environment!
You can check out other articles we have published on the topic such as green waste removal Melbourne.
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