When we’re finishing up a delicious home cooked meal, we often take our plates over to the bin and scrape away the leftovers without giving it a moment’s thought. If it’s not enough to warrant another serving, why keep it? This casual disposal of leftover is common throughout the UK and countless other countries, but what impact might this small act be having on the problem of global food waste?
The figures above aren’t just alarming, they’re staggering. Throwing away food is something that we all do subconsciously every day, and while we can take steps to shop more responsibly and cook smaller portions, a little bit of waste at the end of the day is almost inescapable at times - particularly if you’re cooking for a big family. What you can control, however, is how that waste is managed. Imagine the good you could do with just a small change to how you disposed of your leftover food...
Even if it doesn’t go directly to hungry mouths, it still doesn’t have to end up decomposing in a landfill site adding to the harmful gasses in our atmosphere. Waste food can be recycled in other ways, from being used as fertiliser to being used as a direct power source, when it’s disposed of in the right way.
Now, picture how easy it would be to make a difference if you had the ability to dispose of your food in this way directly from your home. It would mean less waste to get taken off to landfill, and you’ll have an odour-free, hygienically clean kitchen without worrying about yesterday evening’s leftovers sitting in your bin. If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. We simply need to think differently about the amount of waste we produce, and how to better manage it from day-to-day.