Currently, each person in Australia throws away 298kg of food per year (enough to fill 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools every year). This places Australia in fourth place for the title of the biggest food waster in the world per capita.
This food waste typically ends up in landfill, where during decomposition creates methane - a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is not a good thing! It is severely affecting our world.
So, what can you do to help make a difference - Compost!
Composting breaks down organic matter. This means you are recycling vital nutrients and can then use them to improve the quality of your soil. Win, win!
There are many different options for getting started with composting...
If you live in an apartment you can opt to Share Your Waste. This is a site that connects people who want to recycle their kitchen scraps with their neighbours who are already composting, worm-farming or keep chickens.
You could also choose to use a Bokashi Composter, which can be inside or outside on the balcony. It ferments all types of food waste, including meat, dairy and bread, which can then be buried in any garden.
If you have a backyard, you can opt for compost bin, either static or turning. If you have a bigger backyard you can build your own compost bays, with different sections for different stages of compost.
Another option to dip your toe into composting is a worm farm. They are smaller and are limited with the food you can put in them....but you can collect the worm wee to put on your garden.
Each option has varying instructions on how to get the best out of it and what can and can't be put in it, so be sure to look into it.
If you are in Australia, be sure to check out The Compost Revolution.
They make it easy to start composting. They were founded in 2010 and work with councils to educate people about composting and also offer great deals on composting equipment - including a dog poop compost!
What are your tips for composting?