According to Youth Food Movement, food scraps are actually a tremendous resource with all the ingredients for compost. Compost is also a recipe for making a huge difference to climate change. Every year Australia sends 4.5 million tonnes of food waste to landfill – weighing the equivalent of 900,000 adult elephants! Once there, it produces methane, which is 25 times more potent than CO2. Emissions from food waste – some 16.5 million tonnes a year – are so potent, they’re nearly on par with the entire civil aviation industry.
The numbers may be staggering but the solution is simple. With nearly half the average household rubbish bin consisting of food scraps, making compost at home is a magic bullet – and you don’t even have to have a garden.
Check out this article from Youth Food Movement including three of the most common ways to make compost at home, including:
- For the balcony garden: Worm farming
- For the concrete jungle: Bokashi
- For the proper backyard: Composting