Hi everyone! Today I wanted to show you how much food scrap waste is generated by a small pre-school in one day:
That’s a 5 Litre container, and it is almost full! This is mainly fruit peel from morning tea time, but there is also leftover fruit, and quite a bit of lunch scraps (mainly white bread, sadly!).
Wondering what I’m doing with it?
I’m going to give much of it to the chickens, so that they can scratch through and find any good bits in amongst all the scraps.
First I will be removing a good chunk of the white bread though, as white bread is not very healthy for chooks — it just replaces fills them up with junk food and replaces the better grains and nutrition that we give in their layer mash. Much like little humans, really!
Once the chickens have had their scratch, I rake out the remainders and put the whole lot into our compost bin. The chickens break it up a little and manure the whole lot, so what we add to the compost is nicely “activated” and will give the whole heap a nice kick in the pants.
I also bring home scraps from play group, although we don’t generate nearly as much waste. Can you imagine how quickly your little red bin would fill up if you generated a whole bucket of food scraps every day? I’m very pleased to be importing the waste from outside my home so that it can avoid going to landfill, and instead fill up my compost heap!
Now it’s your turn!
If you have a compost heap, why not try taking a bucket to your workplace with a nice big label on it, and let your co-workers feed your heap for you? Or perhaps you have a local cafe nearby who doesn’t have any plan for their waste?
I asked up and down the highway near my house, but the coffee shop is already very “green” and composts their own waste, and apparently the Subway doesn’t generate any scraps — which I find a little hard to believe! But what am I gonna do — dive in their dumpster to check? 🙂
I challenge you to think outside your own compost boxes, and brainstorm a few places you might be able to get hold of some free compost. Document any ideas on this thread, and better still — I’d love to hear some stories of how you get hold of extra compostable waste!