The question/debate about what to do with your food scraps and other organic waste has been going on for many years and honestly I never thought too much about it. I live in St.Thomas and we have an organic waste “green bin” program and I love it. It’s simple, easy to use and most of the time I only put out one garbage bag a week.
I came across a news story on AM980 this morning that caught my attention. First of all, I didn’t realize that London had no program and everyone was still throwing all their food and other organics into their regular garbage. According to London city councillor Stephen Turner, Londoners put between $50 million and $100 million of uneaten food into their garbage each year! Secondly, the story said that Ontario is looking to BAN throwing out food waste in garbage in the next five years! Click here to read that story.
Since it looks like London will have no choice but to move to an organic waste program of some kind, I thought I would put together some information that will help everyone in London to know the ins/outs and benefits.
What is Green waste?
Green waste also called agricultural waste, is biodegradable waste that can be composed of garden or park waste, such as grass or flower cuttings and hedge trimmings, as well as domestic and commercial food waste.
What kind of things go into an organic “green” bin?
Check out this really cool info graphic below!
There are a TON of places already using and benefiting from an organic waste program, so if you’re still not sure how that would work or how this would change your daily routine, then watch this helpful video from Alberta!