Compost

Did you know Nova Scotians Waste 1/3 of the Food They Buy?

Composting is a home waste reduction practice that produces humus to restore depleted soil. There are plenty of products to compost, including old spices and herbs, wood chips, paper napkins, egg shells, tea bags, and so on.

What Is Composting?

Composting is a great way to produce humus that contains micro and macronutrients, which makes it an organic substitute to synthetic fertilizers. Unlike them, nutrients are released gradually to provide better soil structure. In essence, composting is a simple and efficient way to add nutrients to soil and balance pH levels. This can be done at home in a container or by making a compost pile on earth. After adding straws or twigs, you can add materials such as wood ashes, leaves, and food scraps. Just make sure you alternate dry and moist materials. Keep it moist and cover with a rug, sheeting, plastic, or anything else.

Tips on Cutting Food Waste

In addition to composting, there are other ways to minimize food waste at home. Budgeting and careful planning are two ways to avoid splurging; so buy only what you need. Make a list of everything you throw for a week or month to see whether you produce too much waste. Another idea is to make a shopping list and stick to it. Have a look at the pantry and fridge before you go shopping. Use products that you have before going shopping. Proper food storage is also important to reduce food waste. Never leave perishables, meat, fish, and dairies on the counter for hours. Check your freezer and fridge regularly to ensure that products are in good condition. To this, you may want to buy fresh, seasonal vegetables in small amounts on a daily basis.