Waste and recycling will be an integral part in future kitchen designs. Everything we toss in the bin impacts our environment and economy.
The way we manage waste is changing in Australia and around the world. It’s all about protecting our environment and creating economic resources.
What Is FOGO?
FOGO is a government food and organics collection service created to divert waste from landfill and increase production of compost.
Research shows that many households throughout Australia are good food and garden recyclers. However, currently food waste makes up to 50 per cent of what goes into our red bins. This food waste generates methane gas when disposed of in landfill. Methane gas is a strong greenhouse gas 24 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Less methane production in our landfills means we are reducing our environmental impact. Managing our waste is an easy way to keep food waste out of landfill, which has both environmental and financial benefits.
By 2030 it will be compulsory for councils in NSW to have a Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service to all households. This will mean that food waste such as meat, bones, bread, vegetables, tea leaves, eggshells, dairy and coffee grinds can be placed in the organics green lid bin along with the garden waste. The bin will then be collected weekly and taken to be composted. Composting the food waste will not only reduce greenhouse gases but will also save money and help to improve the soil of farms, parks, gardens and sports fields.
Waste And Recycling At Home
We can all do our bit to reduce food waste that’s generated at home. It’s not just about choosing the right bin, it’s about changing the way we think about waste. Here are a few simple suggestions you can follow to help do your part:
Create a menu for the week or month then write up a shopping list of what you’ll need. Not only will this prevent unnecessary purchases that end up in the bin, but will also save you time, money and avoid those last minute unhealthy food choices.
Don’t Throw Away Leftovers
Eat leftovers from the day before. Or pop them in the freezer for a quick, healthy meal another day.
Storing food correctly will make it last longer. For example: keep perishables off the fridge door, store produce in the crisper, push dairy towards the back and keep raw meat on bottom shelf.
These are fast becoming more and more popular. They’re places where people come together to learn and grow foods that their families eat. They can be found across Australia in cities, country towns, public parks and other places. Check out your local community garden and make the most of what’s of offer.
Waste And Recycling Kitchen Solution Ideas
Whether you have kids or not, worm farms can be interesting and fun to have at home. You can find kits to purchase to or look up how to make one. Toss in most food items such veggie scraps, eggshells, breads and pasta. There’s plenty of information accessible online on the do’s and don’ts of keeping a worm farm.
Alternatively, you could install a 3-compartment pull-out waste bin into your kitchen cabinetry. Also known as integrated bins, these models are installed behind a cabinetry door-front to create a seamless and uninterrupted kitchen design.
Usually installed with three sized compartments. One compartment allocated for general waste, one for food waste and one for recyclables. Use the smallest compartment for your food waste to help prevent unpleasant odours. Line your food bin with a compostable bag or newspaper. Throw in all your daily food scraps, coffee grounds, paper towels etc. Once full transfer to FOGO bin ready for collection day.
Other benefits of having an integrated bin in your kitchen:
Maintains better hygiene
Easy to use
Clean and clutter free kitchen
Keeps unpleasant odours at bay
Click here for possible integrated solution for your kitchen. This particular one has a removable odour-eliminating top for the food waste compartment.
Separating our waste during the disposal process will go along way in lowering economical and environmental impact. Let’s all get on board.