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NO MORE FOOD WASTE TO LANDFILL by Tina O’Hagan Holohan

Friday, June 26, 2020 7:33 AM | Valentina Vélez Rivera (Administrator)

The first step of reducing food in landfill is to reduce your overall food waste generated, be it in the home, or in a business. But even done perfectly, there’s always food waste associated with the preparation of food; the stalks, cores, husks, peels of food that is uneatable, or unappetising. We might be able to get another life out of vegetable scraps, by planting those that regrow to foodor houseplant, or boiling them for stock, feeding them to the chooks, but food waste is inevitable. Everything must breakdown eventually!

But it’s up to us to decide how the food waste we produce will break down. Did you know that when sent to landfill, food waste is first wrapped in plastic garbage bags, and sandwiched between more of the same into a large pile, before eventually being covered over entirely? This environment is built to contain all that waste but isn’t very conducive to the natural breakdown of food.

Trapped without air, food decomposing in landfill produces methane, a greenhouse gas over 20 times as potent as carbon dioxide at trapping heat. In fact, landfills account for 34 percent of all methane emissions particularly in the U.S. In addition to the production of methane, landfill contaminates soil, ground water, and pollutes debris in surrounding area.

Overall, landfills are a waste of resources, certainly there’s the cost of transporting, and managing landfill and it’s by-products, as well as the land space that’s overtaken to manage our waste. Habitat used for landfill is altered beyond return to its original state and will affect birds and wildlife in the area who can be attracted by the food, much of it not good them. While today there is an awareness on reducing food waste more needs to be done. It starts with us all, lets become more aware of what we are wasting and work together on it, there are solutions available that eliminates the need of any food waste going to landfill, and are available at Tina O’Hagan Foodservice Consultancy.

Contact Tina for a free 15minute call so she can direct you on the best practices and equipment available to reduce food waste going to landfill.

www.tinaohagan.com.au.

NO MORE FOOD WASTE TO LANDFILL

FOODWASTE TO LANDFILL IS NOT IN GOOD TASTE !!


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