Taking (Food) Out (of) The Trash

Here’s one more reason not to waste food: spare your garbageman the mess. The few days after Christmas, trash volume increases greatly, in some cases even doubling.

Wrapping, packaging and cardboard make up a large portion of that mess. But just like those materials should be recycled, so should food. This means composting or feedingphoto by malingering (via Creative Commons) it to animals (worms, goats, dogs, hogs, etc.).

Actually, the best case scenario would be reducing your excess food and/or reusing the leftovers to avoid throwing out food. In case you still have turkey from Christmas, here are some leftover ideas.

Keeping food out of the waste stream is important because not only does it spare garbage guys the stench and mess, it minimizes landfill methane emissions. And why does that matter? Oh, I don’t know, it’s just that landfills are the largest human-related source of methane (34% of all emissions).

And those emissions contribute to climate change. Coming full circle, keeping food out of your trash, you’ll be doing part of your part to fight global warming.

And it’s high time, because, I don’t know about you, but I find a 60-degree Christmas day quite odd. (Ignore this last bit if you grew up in Florida or California.)

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