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food waste

Food Waste

Food waste represents about 30% of waste that goes to landfill. When trashed in landfill, your food scraps decompose underground and produce methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, four times more potent that carbon dioxide. By contrast when composted, food scarps turn into rich nutriments for your soil while reducing waste that goes to landfill. 

Vegetable and fruit waste, meal leftovers, coffee grounds, tea bags, stale bread, grains, and general refrigerator spoilage are some of the food scraps that can be composted. Different composting methods exist. Vermicomposting and Bokahsi are indoor solutions. Compost bin or tumbler for larger outdoor space. 

You can also look for a community garden in your neighborhood that will accept either your food scraps or your semi-finished compost. Share Waste is an online platform connecting people who wish to recycle their kitchen scraps with their neighbors who are already composting. Check it out to see if there is a compost near you. 

For more detailed information on composting check the Take care of Texas "Mulching and Composting Guide"

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