WHAT ARE THEY??
Fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds and other food scraps can be composted. You may also compost small amounts of soiled paper or cardboard.
WHY RECYCLE FOOD SCRAPS?
Composted food scraps turn into a beneficial soil additive providing organic matter and some nutrients and help to retain soil moisture in arid climates. Also, composting food scraps keeps this material out of landfills where it takes up space and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
HOW TO RECYCLE IT?
Food scraps can be composted right at home. Indoor or outdoor composting can turn your food scraps into nourishment for the soil.
If you have a yard, food scraps can be added to a compost pile outdoors along with other organic waste. There are several methods of composting.
Aerated Static Pile Composting is a large pile of organic waste mixed together with layers of wood chips or shredded newspapers added so air can pass through from the bottom to the top of the pile. Typically, the pile is turned frequently manually (in a backyard setting) or air is mechanically blown or sucked through the pile.
Vermicomposting uses red worms in a bin to contain the worms and the organic matter.
In-Vessel Composting is when organic material is fed into a drum or similar equipment in which the environment can be controlled.
WHAT DO RECYCLED FOOD SCRAPS BECOME?
Food scraps currently make up 14% of the materials sent to landfills annually. By recycling/composting your food scraps, you can keep it out of landfills and allow it to be beneficially used as a soil additive.