Food

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Did you know...

By avoiding or composting food waste, we can save money and resources, reduce greenhouse emissions and prevent almost half of our household waste from ending up in landfills?

  • about 45% of household waste is food waste
  • food waste in Australian landfills is the second largest source of methane
  • 10% of rich countries' greenhouse gas emissions come from growing food that is never eaten
  • an estimated 20 to 40% of fruit and vegetables are rejected even before they reach the shops, mostly because they do not match the supermarkets' excessively strict cosmetic standards
  • dumping a kilo of beef wastes the 50,000 litres of water it took to produce that meat.  Throwing out a kilo of white rice will waste 2,385 litres, and wasting a kilo of potatoes costs 500 litres.

Thanks to our Organics Kiama - Kitchen to Compost Revolution waste service, Kiama Council now sends the majority of household food waste to be turned into compost.

Love Food Hate Waste   Logo which says Love Food hate waste with a tomato instead of the O in Love

The Love Food Hate Waste website has lots of great resources for helping you to avoid wasting food by shopping, storing and cooking carefully.

Eggs    compost-worm-bokashi-icon_210888113038159168.png   green-lid-bin_1529996742569889698.JPG  red-lid-bin_3127941682660100354.jpg image of egg shells

Egg shells are good for adding minerals to your compost although they are often still visible in well rotted compost. Egg shells do not decompose in the bin but are broken down into tiny pieces. Crushing them first will help.  

If you  live in an urban, residential area, you can put your egg shells in the green lid organics bin.

If you do not home compost and live in a rural area, then place egg shells in your red lid garbage bin.

Coffee grounds   compost-worm-bokashi-icon_210888113038159168.png   green-lid-bin_1529996742569889698.JPG   red-lid-bin_3127941682660100354.jpg

There are actually many ways you can recycle and reuse your old coffee grounds to help preserve the environment and maintain your health. Some ideas include:

  1. Touch up furniture and other wood scratches with grounds and a cotton bud
  2. Sprinkle around areas where pesky insects, slugs and snails dwell to drive them away
  3. Mix with soil as a natural fertiliser for acid loving plants
  4. Dye clothing or paper
  5. Fill old stockings/pantihose and hang in your closet or fridge to repel odours
  6. Scrub away grease and grime from pots and pans
  7. Throw on ashes before cleaning out the fireplace to reduce dust from spreading

Coffee grounds are also a great addition to your compost bin or worm farm.

Recycling is just one way that we can help maintain the natural beauty of our environment, so next time you drink a cup of coffee save those coffee grounds for future use!

Please do not throw them down your sink as they can clog up your drains. 

If you cannot use your coffee grounds for anything else, and you live in an urban area, you can put them in your green lid organics bin.  Rural residents would need to put them in the red lid garbage bin.

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Did you know that you can compost meat and seafood scraps with the help of a Bokashi One system?  Learn here about Bokashi here.

If you cannot use Bokashi or do not have animals which will eat your meat scraps, and you live in an urban area, you can put your meat and seafood scraps in the green lid organics bin.  Rural residents will need to use the red lid garbage bin.

It's a good idea to wrap meat and seafood scraps in paper, a plastic bag or container, then place in your freezer until service day.  This will minimise odours in your bin.  Just make sure that only the food goes in your green lid bin, not the plastic.  Remember also to check that the lid of your bin closes tightly. Any food scraps that are left uncovered in an open bin will potentially attract vermin.

Tea bags and loose leaf tea   compost-worm-bokashi-icon_210888113038159168.png   green-lid-bin_1529996742569889698.JPG   red-lid-bin_3127941682660100354.jpg  A tea bag dangling above a black mug of tea

If you enjoy a cup of tea brewed with loose leaves, these are a terrific source of organic material for your compost bin. The loose tea swells in the teapot, tea ball or tea strainer, making the leaves nicely moist, a precondition for breakdown in your compost heap. As a "green" or nitrogen-rich component of compost, it adds valuable counterbalance to the "browns" or carbon-rich materials. If you brew your tea in a bag, you can place these in your compost as well. To find out more about composting click here or contact Council on 4232 044 for information on compost bins, worm farms or the revolutionary Bokashi Bucket.

Otherwise, tea bags and loose leaf tea can be placed in your green lid organics bin for urban residents, or red lid garbage bin for rural residents.

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Vegetable scraps are ideal to compost. They are high in nitrogen which is a key ingredient when making compost. To ensure that they break down quickly, cut the scraps/peelings into smaller pieces. Otherwise, wrap in newspaper or a compostable bag and put in your green lid organics bin if you live in an urban area.  If you are a rural resident, dispose of vegetable scraps in your red lid garbage bin.

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If you are a:The Oz Harvest logo

  • Cafe
  • Supermarket
  • Caterer
  • Function centre manager
  • Tourist operator
  • Hotelier
  • Food wholesaler
  • Retailer of food
  • Restaurant owner
  • Deli owner or
  • Other food provider

 

consider donating any excess food to Oz Harvest. Oz Harvest is a charity that rescues excess food waste and distributes it to other charities that support vulnerable people. Since its inception in November 2004 Oz Harvest has rescued 5,866,808 kgs of food waste being disposed of at landfills and rescued the equivalent of 17,778,207 meals. Oz Harvest collects in the Wollongong area and if you would like to donate any of your excess contact Oz Harvest directly.