How to level up recycling your food waste in winter
As the cold nights set in, food waste piles up. With festive deals lining the supermarket shelves, it is tricky to say no to an extra pack of mince pies, or an extra turkey “just in case”. In a season centered around indulgence, it is easy to get carried away in the food aisles and buy more food than you really need. In an average December, an estimated 270,000 tons of food waste piles up in the UK.
By partnering with food waste recycling companies, climate-conscious businesses can sustainably manage their food waste through the winter months, giving their customers peace of mind that they are supporting a business that is doing their part to tackle climate change.
However, it can be much more difficult to recycle food at home. While households across the country wait for their local authorities to add food waste recycling to their services, people who want to reduce their carbon footprints are taking matters into their own hands. Food waste recycling is possible at home if you set up your own compost heap and manage your waste carefully. It’s usually easy to do, but the difficulty can come in the winter months when the cold weather affects how we recycle our food waste.
Top tips for recycling food waste in winter
One of the main ways to recycle food in your home is to compost. Summer nights are the perfect setting for composting as the warm temperatures are a goldmine for compost heaps. The rich nutrients can break down food waste with ease. In the winter, however, it is not so easy. The harsh temperature drop means that your compost heap can run the risk of stopping decomposition altogether. By putting a lid on your compost heap, you don’t let any precious heat out of the heap, the trapped heat allows food waste to decompose properly.
Making multiple trips out to your compost heap may seem unappealing in the dark, cold winter nights. By buying a small food waste recycling bin, you can reduce the number of cold journeys to the compost heap. The food waste recycling bin will take away the temptation to throw away your waste.
- Get creative
By getting creative in the kitchen, you can reduce the amount of food waste in the winter months. Clever food hacks and recipes can help decrease household waste. Leftover bananas can be crafted into a tasty banana bread, and you can use up leftover potatoes to create a unique leek and potato pizza.
By following these simple steps, you can carry on recycling food waste throughout the winter months – sustainability isn’t just for Christmas.