Waste and Recycling
A third of the food prepared does not make it from farm to fork. Producing uneaten food squanders a whole host of resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labour, money – and generates greenhouse gases at every stage. The food we waste is responsible for roughly 8 percent of global emissions.
- Don’t over buy by planning your meals in advance.
- As tempting as it may be, try not to make use of ‘buy one, get one free’ offers if you know you’ll struggle to use it before it goes off.
- Be aware of use by dates when you purchase fresh food,
- Freeze any leftovers.
- For more ideas, check out these handy 29 tips on how to reduce food waste and visit the Recycle Devon Love Food, Hate Waste website.
- To produce new products from recovered materials requires fewer raw resources and less energy than making them from virgin materials. Using recycled aluminium products, for example, uses 95 percent less energy than creating them from virgin materials.That’s how recycling household and commercial waste can cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Utilise your kerbside recycling facilities and check out www.recycledevon.org for more hints and tips.
Nearly half of the solid waste produced globally is biodegradable. Much of it ends up in landfills; there, it decomposes in the absence of oxygen and produces the greenhouse gas methane, which is up to 34 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at causing global warming . Composting biodegradable waste ensures enough moisture, air, and heat for soil microbes (bacteria, protozoa, and fungi) to feast on organic material. Rather than generating methane, the composting process converts organic material into stable soil carbon and carbon dioxide, while retaining water and nutrients of the original waste matter. The result is carbon storage as well as production of a valuable fertilizer.
Check out this guide on how to set up a compost bin or this Recycle Devon guide on how to set up a wormy (a great alternative to a compost bin for those for those without a large garden or lots of garden waste). Register for your reduced priced composter with your local council.