20/05/2015

Tossing away your food scraps? Think before you do!

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You may not think much of scraping your leftovers  or throwing a banana peel into the regular household bin but did you know the consequences of that action can contribute 20 times more detrimentally to greenhouse emissions than carbon dioxide?

Organic waste products begin to decompose when dumped in landfill, and consequently generate methane. Methane is one of the most potent contributors to greenhouse emissions, but if utilised correctly it can also be a valuable tool in the fight against environmental degradation. Methane is actually the main component of natural gas that is used in homes all across Australia, so if it is able to be contained and reused, it would benefit both us and the environment greatly.

New resource recovery technologies have been introduced that will increase the amount of waste material we can utilise for other uses. These technologies have the ability to turn the natural resource that is methane from organic waste into “nutrient-rich composts that will help grow the next cycles of food, flowers and garden plants, and energy-rich biofuel”. The only downside to these new facilities is that they are quite costly, and there is sadly not enough emphasis placed on the necessity of increased environmental levies by the Australian and State governments.

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And now just for fun, we’ve compiled a list of a few sneaky ‘oh my gosh, you can compost that?!’ everyday items to further you along in your personal environmental mission:

  • Tea bags – Don’t toss that dripping, soggy monster into your garbage
  • Toilet paper rolls – Next time you reach for the roll only to find it empty, don’t be dismayed, but rather be excited to add to the pile!
  • Soy products – Tofu gone bad? No worries! Toss it on the heap
  • Used tissues – Sneeze, wipe, and add to the stack
  • Animal manure – Scoop the poop, and be happy!

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