WASTE NOT, WANT NOT
A HUGEAMOUNT OF FOODWASTE ENDS UP IN LANDFILLS EVERYYEAR, BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO. FOODWASTE DISPOSERS MAKE DEALING WITH HOUSEHOLD FOODWASTE SIMPLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE.
THE PROBLEM — LANDFILLS
A significant portion of food waste in New Zealand is sent directly to landfills.
Although this is the most cost effective way for local councils to manage food waste that people throw out, it’s not a sustainable way to dispose of organic waste.
Food waste at landfill rapidly releases methane which is a harmful greenhouse gas.
COMPOSTING IS KING
Localised composting or worm farming is the cheapest, simplest and most environmentally friendly way of disposing of household food waste.
Composting is free and enables nutrients to return to the soil, benefitting your garden growth. The production of usable compost or worm castings is highly beneficial to the New Zealand environment and cuts down on waste to landfills.
THE NEXT BEST THING — FOOD WASTE DISPOSERS
According to young New Zealand environmentalist Brittany Packer, food waste disposers play an important role in the discarding of food waste.
“Food waste disposers deposit food through the pipe system into the waste water treatment plant… [and] it eventually ends up as biosolids, which is a thick sludge that looks similar to compost.” The methane released during waste water treatment is captured and turned into electricity to run the plant.
The biosolids are used for land reclamation. This is the best way to dispose of food waste such as meat, fish, soft bones and dairy products, which should not be composted due to hygienic reasons. It is also a 100% better alternative to throwing any food waste in a rubbish bin – if you’re going to be lazy at least put food waste down a disposer! It is also ideal for commercial and apartment environments where composting is not viable.