Nature knows no waste as all organic matter is eaten or composts into available nutrients. Human society, however generates vast mountains of waste which have now reached crisis proportions. You and I can change this. Media reports warn of a waste crisis: Cape’s rubbish bursting at the seams IOL, 10 April 2018 and Western Cape tackles its mounting landfill crisis, MG, May 2018.
Separating compostable wet waste, from the rest is a key step to reducing all domestic waste. Separation stops rotting food from contaminating recyclable materials in refuse and compromising the recycling process. Separated, wet waste is a resource as it can be composted free of plastic, glass and metal it sold as mulch and `fertilizer’. This helps to pay for the running costs of waste treatment facilities. If enough of us separated our waste it would translate into reduced municipal service costs. Bonus – then we could lobby for reduced fees.
We have outsourced so many services to the authorities that it is easy to abdicate our responsibility for the environmental impacts of the waste we generate at home and at work. Yes, we do pay for this service. But the environmental costs are mounting as an additional cost to us all while our municipalities are increasingly overwhelmed with waste. Dumping with the associated costs of alienating valuable land, polluting ground water and generating methane (a Green House Gas) is a short sighted solution that has come back to bite us.
Managing your family food waste is not as yucky as chucking it all into the refuse bin with the resulting mal-odour and flies. So get on with it. Be a problem solver not a problem generator. Composting, Bokashi and worm farms turn `waste’ into compost that can be returned to your garden, plant boxes, local school garden or park. These small everyday activities will reduce your contribution to Climate Change AND you will be actively involved in environmental restoration simply by returning nutrients to Nature. See poster below by SunValley Eco-Watch on composting options.