In the world of zero waste, composting is generally considered a must. This can be done via a backyard compost pile or bin, vermicomposting, or a municipal organics recycling program.
We know that food waste is a huge problem, and accounts for a massive amount of the total waste and carbon emissions generated in the U.S. This rotting food, which does not compost due to lack of oxygen in a landfill, creates toxic methane gas, a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Plus, composting is nature’s perfected way to create rich, nutritious soil to put back on your plants or garden in lieu of toxic chemical fertilizers.
However, I also realize that composting is not always possible or accessible for people, despite their best intentions.
Maybe you’re moving and temporarily don’t have access to a compost bin (I’ve been there).Maybe you live in a small apartment with no yard or access to an organics recycling service (also been there).Maybe you’re elderly or disabled and composting just isn’t a physical reality for you.
Or maybe, right now in your zero waste journey, you just haven’t gotten to the composting part yet (been there, too).
Whatever the reason, I understand, and I’m here to give you some alternate ideas to utilize a portion of your food waste in a more eco-friendly way than tossing it all straight in the trash.