Round the World, staggering amounts of food are thrown out every single year. This problem is no different in Australia, with Australian households estimated to be throwing out millions of tonnes of food waste each and every year. This means that not only are resources that could help feed others going to waste, a heart breaking thought when you think about the ever increasing levels of poverty and hunger across the globe, but also that food-related waste is becoming a serious problem, both here in our own country and around the World.
As a waste disposal company specialising in the hire of skip bins, Perth, we work hard to help ensure that all types are waste are disposed of properly. However, even we are limited by what we can do with your rubbish, and unfortunately we are not able to accept and food products or food waste in any of our skip bins available for hire. However, here at National Skip Bins we are passionate about getting rid of rubbish in the right way, which is why we have put together this list of advice to help you find out what you can do to personally help decrease the spread of food waste:
Prevent the food waste before it starts to mount up
When it comes to food products and food waste, one of the biggest causes of the increasing levels is the fact that far too much food is being thrown away. This may be because you are buying too much food in the first place, or instead that you are unable to eat everything you have made so end up disposing of left overs. So how can you prevent the creation of all this food waste? Try these simple steps to get you started:
If you have a habit of buying lots of fresh foods that end up going off before you have the chance to cook them or eat them, maybe it is time you think about shopping smarter. Why not plan ahead and decide what meals you want to cook for the week ahead and then buy the appropriate amount of food that you will need for each recipe? If you know you only need a small amount of one ingredient but are aware that it is only sold in big packs, consider substituting it or better yet, adjust your meal plans for the week so you will use the rest in a another meal. By shopping smartly you will not only reduce the amount of food waste that you create, but also save money on each shop too!
Only cook what you will eat
For many people our eyes are bigger than our stomachs and we can end up cooking mounds of food that ends up not being eaten and is instead thrown away. If this is a problem you regularly experience in your household, why not try and reduce your portion sizes and only cook what you and your family really need for any given meal. Alternatively, if you have extra keep the leftovers for lunch tomorrow, or even freeze it for those days when you just can't be bothered to cook! If you would like some advice on how to effectively portion your food you should consult the Government’s Eat for Health initiative for more information.
Start your own compost bin
In general, there will always be some food waste left over that you will have to dispose of, whether that is uneaten food or even simple things like vegetable peelings. Instead of throwing this food waste in the bin, instead start your own compost heap or compost bin to help do your bit by creating a sustainable way to deal with waste in your household.