If you’re like most households, you have quite a bit of food waste each week. Whether it’s leftovers in the fridge or cooking waste, there are different ways that you can dispose of it. Here are some tips for disposing residential food waste.
1. Minimize Waste to Begin With
If leftovers account for a large portion of your food waste, plan ahead to reduce the amount of waste. Reduce your cooking portions to leave less leftover food to store. If you do not think you will be eating the food right away, consider placing it in the freezer instead of the fridge. Consider sharing large portions with friends and neighbors to minimize leftovers.
2. Create a Compost Pile
Compost piles allow food waste to be broken down organically. This reduces the waste in landfills. It works well for scraps such as vegetables, fruits, and eggshells. Avoid placing dairy products or oils into composts.
3. Store Oils and Fats
Instead of pouring oils and fats (especially when hot) down your drain. They can cause damage to your pipes and result in expensive repairs. It is better to place these in a jar and throw them away in the trash once cooled down. Do not recycle containers holding oils and fats either. Place both the storage jars and the liquids in the trash.
4. Use Garbage Disposals
Place foods that will not clog your drains into your garbage disposal. Avoid placing foods such as potatoes, eggshells, and rice as they can quickly and easily clog the disposal or areas further down the drain pipe. Be sure to run cold water while the disposal is running and allow it to run until it is cleared.
Why Follow These Tips for Disposing Residential Food Waste
These tips for disposing residential food waste will help you appropriately dispose of waste and possibly reduce the amount of waste placed in your trash bins. That, in turn, may help keep animals away from your trash and lower your waste disposal expenses. For additional tips and information, follow our blog!