Have you thought about recycling your food waste? Whilst many people have managed to decrease the amount of food they throw out, there are some types of food waste that are unavoidable. For example; egg shells, teabags, fruit and vegetable trimmings, all need to be disposed of. Instead of sending them off to landfill, you might want to consider recycling them instead.
Below you’ll see how recycling your food can benefit both you and the environment.
Composting – letting nature take its course
Composting is a great way to cut down the amount of waste sent off to landfill. It can also be great for your garden.
Over time the food breaks down into compost which can be used to improve the quality of your gardens soil or even as a fertiliser. Due to the levels of nutrients found in fruits and vegetables, the compost will help to improve the health of your prized plants and flowers.
All you need to start food waste recycling from home is a good quality compost bin. While it is possible to make your own, it’s a much better idea to invest in a specialized bin from a high quality company. Compost bins are the most affordable and effective way of helping the environment.
The benefits of anaerobic digestion
Anaerobic digestion is a much more complex recycling procedure in comparison to composting. It basically feeds the food waste directly into a digestion tank. The bacteria naturally present in the waste are then converted into digestate and biogas.
Biogas is used to generate heat and electricity. It powers an engine which can then be used to power a grid. The digestate is further treated before being used to improve soil quality.
This type of food recycling isn’t common in the home, although it could be suitable for large homes that have a serious interest in becoming as green as possible. Not only does this method help the environment – it also helps your wallet too! Generating your own power will reduce and in some cases eliminate your energy bills.
Whichever method you choose, food recycling is a great idea and works to provide many benefits.
No matter what your budget, there is a food recycling method to suit it.