Last week I was pretty unhappy with all of the “good” food that I threw out from my fridge. This week I did a lot better, but I still dumped 2 cups of homemade chicken stock that I ended up not using and 1/4 brick of cream cheese that had turned green. Sorry – no picture.
I’ve been thinking though, about all of the food that it’s perfectly ok to trash or run through the garbage disposal. So on Saturday last week, I started saving all of our scraps – egg shells, banana peels, avocado peels, grapefruit skins, coffee grinds, onion skin, orange peels, etc. Actually, I didn’t really just start saving it. I save all of our compostable food waste, but I’ve never been conscious enough about it to see how much waste my family of 6 produces in one week.
On Thursday, I gathered everything up and then took a picture of it. After I took the picture, I thought perhaps I should weigh it. So I got out my scale and did that too.
What do you think all of that weighed?
If you guessed 15 POUNDS you are right!
Wow – 15 pounds of garbage that’s not really trash. I am a terrible composter, maybe even the world’s worst, but I do it. I do it in a way that works for me right now, which is bagging it all up lugging it out to our barn where I dump it on a heap at my garden. It breaks down and gets incorporated into my soil for a nice compost. If I did it right, it’d be even better and I will one of these days. Right now, I’m just happy to save 15 pounds of garbage from the landfill. I’m glad I didn’t run 15 pounds of fruit waste down my garbage disposal because I think that would have wasted an insane amount of water. And I’m sad that it’s not standard practice in the US to compost.
I grew up in Germany in the 1980s. Even in the 1980s, Germans separated their food waste from their trash. Their food and lawn waste was kept in separate container, picked up from by the trash company, and composted. I wish that would happen in the US.
Until it does, I’ll keep carting my food waste out to my garden. I hope some of you will consider composting too!
If you’d like more information on composting, here is a link to Composting 101.
Have you blogged about composting? I’d love to read about it! Please leave a link in the comments.
Linking up: Food Waste Friday