In a culture where toxic cleaners, batteries, and other harsh chemicals are used and disposed of every single day, food seems to be a very safe item to throw away.
The truth of the matter is, however, that discarded food is a hotbed for germs, bacteria, mold and other hazards that can cause all sorts of illnesses if not handled properly.
This article will present several tips on the best ways to dispose of food the right way, ensuring safe and healthy food disposal in your home.
Tip 1: Garbage disposal
Most modern sinks come with garbage disposals.
While this may seem to be a bit unnecessary, especially for small households or people living alone, the fact is that a garbage disposal is one of the healthiest and safest ways to get rid of most discarded food.
The only drawback to garbage disposals is that they aren’t recommended for every type of food, so there are limitations to its effectiveness.
Still, overall a good garbage disposal can safely remove the majority of food waste.
Tip 2: Compost heap
For more suburban or rural areas, a compost heap is an ideal way to dispose of discarded food.
A separate trash bin can be used to collect such scraps as vegetable peels, eggshells, tea bags and coffee grinds.
When these organic materials are mixed with soil, they break down, enriching the soil with vital nutrients for healthy plants and grass.
This is perfect for anyone who has a small garden or poor soil conditions for their grass. Just be sure to empty the compost bin regularly—no less than once per week.
Tip 3: Regular disposal
While simply throwing food away isn’t the best option, it is an acceptable option when done correctly.
In more urban environments, however, this may be the only option readily available.
If you have to throw your discarded food into the trash, consider placing it in smaller bags that can be tied up to contain odors and help prevent leaks.
The plastic bags you get from grocery shopping are ideal for this method, as the handles can be used for tying and they are large enough for most discarded foods.
Tip 4: Worm bin
A worm bin, like a compost bin, is definitely an option reserved for those in a more suburban or rural setting.
Worm bins are exactly what they sound like—bins with worms.
The end result is a pile of nutrient rich soil, but produced faster than compost bins that require enough time for the organic materials to rot.
Simply place your discarded food into the worm bin and let the worms do whatever worms do…
Tip 5: Reduce waste
The best solution to any situation is preventing the situation in the first place.
Needless to say, preventing all food waste is not realistic, but there are still steps that can be taken to significantly reduce food waste.
If you don’t always finish your meals, start making smaller portions.
Additionally, if you tend to throw a lot of food away from your refrigerator because it has spoiled, then consider buying less food, and going to the store on a more regular basis.
Smaller, more frequent shopping trips have been proven to not only prevent waste, but to save money as well.
Realize that the food you throw away is money being thrown away.
The five tips listed in this article will help you to not only dispose of your discarded food in safer, healthier ways, but will also help you reduce your food waste altogether.
By creating better habits you will not only help the environment, you will help your bank account as well.