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Food Recycling & Composting Tips

Posted on by David Brown

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For years now, food waste in the UK has been hitting crisis levels. With two for one and multi-buy offers so common amongst supermarkets, this should come as no surprise. It’s thought that around 7 million tonnes of food is thrown away by households in the UK every year – most of which could have been eaten. And this is hurting our pockets, too: the average family throws away around £700 of food shopping.

From an environmental perspective, there are other issues. Namely, most of the UK’s food waste ends up in landfill site where it rots and releases methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas.

To help our readers combat this, David Brown Skip Hire are here to provide some food recycling and home composting tips.

Food that you can still use

There are myriad factors which contribute to food waste, some of which are much easier to prevent than others. For example, much of the food that we throw away on a daily basis needn’t be thrown away at all – it’s still perfectly fine to eat. Here are some tips to ensure that you can maximise the lifespan of food:

  • Freeze it – if your food is too close to either its use by or best before date and you don’t think you’ll have time to eat it, just freeze it. It’s not called ‘nature’s pause button’ for nothing – it extends the lifespan of your food indefinitely.
  • Best before dates – don’t obsess about them, they’re just guidelines. Millions of people across the UK throw away items of food which are perfectly edible for this very reason.
  • Be creative – one of the reasons why food ends up in the bin is because of a lack of imagination. If your chillies have been around a while, why not put them in oil and make chilli oil? Or throw your wilted spinach leaves in a stir fry?

Food that you can no longer use

If you find yourself in a scenario where you still have leftovers, or perhaps you’re going off on holiday, there are other ways to avoid waste. The app OLIO allows locals to share food with each other and local shops which would otherwise go to waste, meaning you have a first port of call before simply throwing your food away.

Home composting tips

If you have a garden and the wherewithal, home composting can be an excellent way to recycle food waste. Here are some tips to get started:

  • Compost box – to start, you’ll need a compost box. Wood is the most common material, but plastic works, too.
  • What can’t I compost? – you cannot compost meat, fish, dairy products or any cooked food – this must be disposed of some other way.
  • Manure – straw-filled horse manure is an excellent quick-to-rot active material which can be added to compost, helping to speed the process up

If there are foods that you simply need to get rid of, there are plenty of ways to do so. For example, here at David Brown Skip Hire, we accept food waste to be recycled in our skips. It’s worth noting that the pricing of this will depend on what other materials are in there with the food. It’s always worth alerting us of what will be going in the skip when you order it.

If you’re looking for a food recycling solution, David Brown Skip Hire can help. We are proud to provide an expert skip hire service to customers throughout Harlow, Epping, Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding areas. We also offer recycling services for all household, commercial and industrial waste, so for more information on any of these services, our skip hire, or for any other enquiry, get in touch with our friendly team of experts today and we’ll be happy to help with any queries you may have.

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