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We all know the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. We learned how this applies to our kitchen as well at the recent NYC Food Waste Fair.
Did you know all those banana peels and eggshells you’re throwing away (not to mention the produce you just didn’t get around to using) are harming the planet more than carbon dioxide?
As organic waste rots in a landfill, it emits a greenhouse gas called methane. It’s invisible and nontoxic to humans, but it traps up to 100 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. (Methane also leaves the atmosphere faster than carbon dioxide, but still.)
Of the nearly 10,500 tons of garbage collected every day in New York City alone, more than a third is food scraps and yard waste. Every time you chuck an egg shell into the trash, you’re contributing to global warming. And between 40 and 50 percent of food waste comes from residential homes.
It’s a big reason why the Foundation for New York’s Strongest, the nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability as part of the Department of Sanitation, hosted the NYC Food Waste Fair. Here’s how you can help keep our city healthier.