May 12, 2017

Reduce food waste by composting


Several councils in the UK and overseas - notably Australia, New Zealand and areas of the Philppines - have undertaken studies on the use of the Bokashi bin system, which enables the composting of all food waste, including dairy, meat, fish, bones, cooked leftovers, vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, bread, cakes etc. http://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/composting/bokashi.html


Starting at the end of July 2012, Bedford Borough Council ran a trial of the system They conclude that although the bins are not suitable for everyone : "Overall the trial was very positive and showed that the Bokashi Composting system could be a viable route to reducing food waste going to landfill, and providing residents with a rich compost and liquid fertiliser to be used on plants around the house and garden. It may also encourage residents to re think the amount of food they waste, in turn saving them money "



Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils ran a small contest to see if people could save money and reduce waste using the Bokashi system. "The [9]contestants managed to slash their food waste from between 16% and 100% which resulted in savings of between £15 and a staggering £90 per week."


9,000 Bokashi bins were distributed across Doncaster in 2007


Newcastle City Council could run a similar scheme, offering subsidised "start-up" kits comprising Bokashi bucket and Bran. There are hundreds of allotment gardeners throughout the city who already compost vegetable and other waste. It would be possible to start a trial with allotment gardeners with the potential of gradually extending the scheme to other interested residents living in houses with gardens, identified by Bedford Borough Council as the most appropriate users (op cit)


Another, though more expensive, system which allows composting of all food waste is the HotBin This is a larger bin and whilst it is quicker than "cold composting", takes more time that the Bokashi bin

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  • ian.babelon
    Oct 18, 2017

    One could reduce waste by raising awareness about the value of producing less waste, as well as by showing how enjoyable an attractive, litter-free environment could be. Everyone needs to work together: employees, parents, children, community leaders, CEOs, teachers, engineers, artists, councillors, waste collectors and managers... 1. Reducing needs How much do we really need? Awareness about the consequences of our consumption choices needs to grow. Rethinking our needs could help us in reducing our waste, be it household waste or energy and other utilities. For example, why buy more food than we can eat just because an offer is on, or because we can afford it? The planned obsolescence of countless products does not help, our society needs to shift to making durable goods again. That means being more satisfied with what we already have, and valuing simplicity over consumerist behaviours. Going for quality rather than quantity need not cost the earth nor jam the economy. 2. Improving our streets and public spaces Many neighbourhoods in Newcastle are blighted with litter. There is no silver bullet to the issue, but making streets and shared spaces more attractive could encourage everyone to look after shared space, such as backyards, back alleys and public spaces. Attractive pocket parks, trees, fixtures, playgrounds and safe streets can all improve the quality of our neighbourhoods. 3. Food waste collection Many local councils around the world collect food waste separately, compost it, and sell or give away the compost back to residents.
  • Debbie Scott
    Jun 14, 2017

    I agree with others about composting, offer residents decent composte bins and helpful advise on how to use it to encourage them to be more green, grow flowers or veg, keeping their gardens nice at the same time.
  • marcinkrk81
    Jun 14, 2017

    1 -Bin on the street only on the day of the collection.   2 -more containers of litter, (Elswick needs). 3 - Applying penalties for throwing garbage to the ground. 4 -World Day Earth to introduce at school 1 to 2h cleaning garbage (papers, etc.) by children around the school after an early agreement by parents. 5-The company that cuts the grass should report the trash and not just ride around. 6 - More people cleaning and collecting rubbish on their feet. 7 - On cleaning of particularly dirty streets introduce a ban on parking on one side of the street but it should be refined.