Tips to manage your kitchen waste effectively
One thing I always wondered: if kitchen waste is mostly biodegradable, then why does it have to be dumped along with other household waste?
The bio waste includes organic waste like-peel off from veggies or fruits, spoiled leftovers, liquid waste, etc. The other part is non-bio waste, which is mainly plastic because of the carry bags or containers from the packed foods.
Your kitchen waste might surely vary from mine, but categorizing it as non-bio or bio waste will only help to manage it effectively.
Why is it important to manage kitchen waste?
Segregation at the source is much easier than segregation of the mixed waste. For you, it only requires a different bin to separate your waste.
But when a single household waste has to end up in the landfill, then it becomes very difficult to recycle mixed trash. As each type of waste requires a different recycling method, segregation at the origin is very important.
Know how to manage your kitchen waste
We have listed here ways to deal with bio & non-bio kitchen waste.
Ways to recycle food waste -
1. Prepare compost
Turn your food scraps into fertiliser for your garden. It will effectively manage your waste and will also let you save money on fertilizers. You can also opt to have a common composting facility for your society as well.
Know how you can convert your kitchen waste into compost.
2. Feed to animals
What you think is waste for you can happen to be food for an animal. Strays in your locality can be fed fruit peels and vegetables.
You can also check for livestock owners or farmers near you to donate this scrap for animal feed.
3. Donate the excess
If you have leftovers from a party or from a great grand event, then surely choose to donate them. Discarding it will waste a lot when it can feed many lives.
There are various NGOs and startups that are working to distribute excess food to the ones in need.
4. Convert it into biogas
Food waste has the potential to be converted into a source of energy. Anaerobic digestion degrades food waste to produce methane that can be used to generate energy.
A biogas generator can be installed in your society to provide a free, renewable source of energy.
What to do with non-bio kitchen waste
First you need to analyse the cause of plastic waste from your kitchen. Based on that, you can choose from the below two options.
With the advancement in technology, we have alternatives to several plastic products.
If you use plastic carry bags or plastic disposable bags, then you definitely need to switch to their eco-friendly alternatives. Check out the list here for the best eco-friendly products for your kitchen.
The majority of the eco-friendly replacements are home compostable and hence will be safe for the environment.
If you have plastic that’s generated from packed foods or some other sources that you cannot avoid, then recycling is the only option left to deal with it better.
Sending such products for recycling will let you earn some cash in exchange for these products and will also manage your waste effectively.
If you are wondering where you can send your plastic waste for recycling, then check out this compiled list to know where you can sell your plastic scrap.
We have compiled the best ways to manage your kitchen waste effectively for your waste-free lifestyle. If you have any other type of kitchen waste that does not fall into this category, then do write to us. We will help you by providing the best solution to tackle that waste.
Till then, Happy Green Living!
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