3. Mar, 2022

Food Waste Composting Workshop 9th March 2022

Food Waste and Greenhouse Gases

Wasted food accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions globally than all the commercial air flights each year. The  discarded food often ends up in landfills, releasing methane when if breaks down, a greenhouse gas that is more than twenty-five times more potent than carbon dioxide.

If food loss were a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind China and the US. 

Every bit of leftover food has an environmental impact. And while governments and businesses have an important part to play in reducing waste, food waste from UK households produces approximately  25million tonnes of CO2 every year. The chart shows types  household waste. There is no proze for identifying that which can be composted. 

Food Composting at home

Making compost instead of throwing out organic materials can help reduce waste sent to landfill as well as reducing amount of harmful methane released into the atmosphere, it also saves  “road miles!” as councils do not need to collect the waste and take it to landfill, AD plants or incinerators.

Food composting can be used at all consumer levels, from restaurants pubs down to  households.

Individuals can easily compost a wide range of waste food  including raw fruits, vegetables, fruit, grains,  coffee filters and tea bags and eggshells

Importantly, and contrary to some information,   cooked food  such as meats, fish, plate scrapings,  bread and dairy products, can be composted  and home and school with the right techniques and bins e.g.

Composting can help enrich soil by retaining moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests, encourage beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material, as well as lowering the demand for chemical fertilisers,

Free Workshop

This free morning workshop at Stokeswood allotment, Leicester  on 9th March will give participants the chance to look at methods of composting food waste at home. Details and application form from http://www.carryoncomposting.com/   (Follow the link Composting)

 or email carryoncomposting1@gmail.com