Avoiding the Landfill: Responsible Ways to Dispose of Food Scraps

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Food scraps are a common type of waste that can be responsibly disposed of and recycled. Instead of throwing them in the trash, consider these methods to avoid sending food scraps to the landfill.

1. Composting

Composting is a great way to turn food scraps into nutrient-rich soil. You can start a backyard compost pile or use a compost bin or tumbler. Make sure to include a mix of brown materials (like leaves or cardboard) and green materials (like food scraps) to create a balanced compost pile.

2. Vermicomposting

If you don't have outdoor space for composting, consider vermiculture. Vermicomposting uses worms to break down food scraps and produce nutrient-rich worm castings. You can set up a small worm bin in your kitchen or even under your sink.

3. Community Gardens

Many community gardens and urban farms accept food scraps for composting. Check if there's a local garden near you that collects food waste. Not only will your scraps be put to good use, but you might also be able to get some fresh produce in return!