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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2 Comments

  1. Posted January 1, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    We had 2 weeks of heavy snow leading up to Christmas here in Portland, Oregon, so the garbage pickup right after Christmas was cancelled.

    I walked up the street later that week and there was garbage all over the place, spilling out of people’s 32 gallon cans. My family of four has a monthly pickup of our 20 gallon can, so we didn’t miss a pickup.

    Portland makes recycling really easy, with huge rolling bins, and allows all kinds of paper, aluminum, steel, #2 and #5 plastics, any plastic with a “neck” and even glass, (which does have to be in a separate bin.) Even used motor oil can be picked up at the curb.

    So my recycling bin was really full, having not been picked up for two weeks. But my garbage hasn’t changed.

    Portland already does a very good job publicizing its recycling program, so I don’t understand what change is needed.

    Katy Wolk-Stanley
    The Non-Consumer Advocate
    “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

  2. Posted June 5, 2013 at 1:25 am | Permalink

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