Friday Buffet

In a move that should surprise no one, Portland will test a household food waste pickup system in 2,000 homes come April. Great idea, great quote:

Portland’s solid waste and recycling manager, Bruce Walker, says, “We’re coming right into their kitchen saying, ‘Please change your habits.’ “

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Keep sandwich thieves away with these faux-mold bags. A clever idea, but I agree with commenters blogosphere-wide: the bags increase the odds that someone will throw out your “moldy” sandwich. (HT to Jay Hancock’s blog).

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EKOKOOK is a crazy, cool concept kitchen direct from France. There’s either a composting ferris wheel or a segmented worm bin beneath the sink. All you French speakers feel free to weigh in on the specifics.

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Sainsbury’s just made a major commitment to anaerobic digestion, signing a deal with waste firm Biffa. Yet some in the UK not content with regular old AD are trying their hand at mobile anaerobic digestion.

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Is it just me or do these sandwich cutters waste a bunch of the sandwich? Certainly the crusts…

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  1. Posted February 5, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    As for the sandwich cutters, if kids will eat the cute sandwiches instead of throwing them away at school, I am sure they will save more food than they waste. I am also hoping that most parents will eat the crusts themselves or feed them to the dog.

  2. Posted February 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Parents probably don’t need the calories. And the vet would probably nix crusts as Fido food. But cut-off crusts don’t need to wind up in the garbage. You can store them in the freezer until you have enough to use for making stuffing. Or you can break them up into little pieces and use them in meatloaf or stuffed cabbage. Or toast them and grind them up as bread crumbs. There you go Jonathon. There’s always a way to use up every last bit!

  3. Posted February 8, 2010 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    Both excellent points. Thanks CL and DD.

    No French-speakers out there??

  4. Posted February 8, 2010 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    I am excited that Portland will finally be allowing food waste in our yard debris pickups. I only have a once-a-month garbage pickup, so this will greatly help. However, since I compost, it will only be chicken bones.

    However, not everyone composts, so this will be fantastic for Portlanders.

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

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