Food Waste Management and Farming

Setting up local food waste collection and composting depots would mean farmers have ready access to high quality ‘living’ compost, right on their doorstep, while helping urban dwellers combat an ever-increasing food waste and landfill crisis.

Liam Prince | The Rubbish Trip

Worldwide, there are many organisations collecting food waste from restaurants and households and turning the waste into rich compost. It works on so many levels – reducing landfill, growing soil, storing carbon, reducing the need for synthetic fertilisers and providing jobs. Here’s just one example from the U.S.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, the current scope of food waste recycling is poor, resulting in truckloads of wasted potential thrown into landfill every day.

The Rubbish Trip – an initiative with the aim of reducing everyday waste – has partnered with Greenpeace to research and report on the situation, and come up with a plan. If used to regenerate soil on farms, the resulting compost from this form of recycling fits well with Greenpeace’s current drive towards more regenerative farming.

If you haven’t heard about The Rubbish Trip before now, take a look at their road to zero-waste, which is full of resources and advice on how to reduce your own waste.

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