We waste a lot of food, 30% of our food supply goes to the landfill, according to USDA. To put it in perspective if you buy 10 bananas once a month, 3 bananas will make it to the trash once a month. That’s 36 bananas a year, in this hypothetical example you would have thrown out, three months and a half worth of bananas. #ThatsBananas, lol I couldn’t hold myself.
Now food waste is not only an environmental issue, is a personal financial issue as well. USA Today, states that for a family of four, the cost of groceries per month is $871.00, so if 30% of that goes to the waste this means that $261.30 a month could have been spent somewhere else. (That’s $3,135.60 that went to the landfill of your city)
If this did not motivate you to take a closer look at your grocery list to see how you can spend your hard earned money in a wiser way while reducing the amount of food that goes into the landfill. I still have a suggestion on how to take care of the world from your home.
Start a compost bin on your backyard. If you do not have a backyard, then take your kitchen scraps to a friend that does, or find a local farmer’s market that would take the goods from you.
The city of Orlando is doing something extremely cool. They provide their residents with a compost bin to reduce their food waste production, by turning their food waste into natural fertilizer, compost. They have a very solid program, they even have a very good three slide presentation explaining the basic for composting.
I normally talk about resources in south Florida, but as of today, I don’t know of a city in south Florida that has this initiative. If you would like to see this in your city, the best way to get an initiative like this started is by calling your city office and let them know you would like your city to promote composting. Also, you can join groups like Living Consciously, zero waste and going green in Florida that focus on living in a conscious way, and find out what other people in your cities are doing to reduce their food waste.
If you do decide to contact your city I would suggest grabbing a chair to wait. This type of initiatives takes time to implement at a city level. In the meantime, you can do one of two things:
- Purchase a compost bin, which can range between $30 to $200 depending if you buy it used vs new.
- Build your own compost bin with wood pallets.
It doesn’t matter how you reduce the food you send to the landfill as long as you reduce it. Whether by saving money while choosing closely what groceries you bring home or by composting your food waste. I prefer to do both, given that there is no way to make a 100% bulletproof grocery list, or in this case 100% Waste-proof grocery list.