So food waste is bad... what should I do about it?

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 4:07 PM

It is not a rare occurrence when you find out that your eyes were bigger than your stomach. We have all been there, when we are so hungry we pile food onto our plates that our stomach is not big enough to hold. This may push us to throw out the rest in our garbage or even put it back in the refrigerator just throw out a few days later after it's gone bad. Food waste has been found to make up 30 percent of what we throw away and it is considered the largest category of solid waste going into landfills. Unfortunately, even if what we are throwing out is food and organic, it does not decompose once it gets to the landfill. The food scraps in landfills take up space and also release a dangerous greenhouse gas called methane. Even if we know this is a problem, it isn't always easy to find a solution. However, having recently been introduced to composting... I have found myself to be intrigued since it simply just makes sense!



What is composting exactly? It is a natural process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil. That soil is compost! The easy thing is, anything that was once living can turn into compost and when you do it, you are returning nutrients back into the soil in order for the cycle of life to continue. There are many types of composting: Backyard composting, worm composting, grasscycling and more!

For more information on which one is and how to determine which type of composting works for you:
http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html

http://www.recycleworks.org/compost/

http://www.ecowatch.com/how-to-compost-in-your-apartment-1881838055.html

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