Hey, Ambitious Fam! I’m back (on a Tuesday!) to share another sustainable tip/habit that can help you reduce your carbon footprint. Be sure to check out yesterday’s post about a sustainable produce box service if you haven’t already!
Composting is a sustainable habit that I have been doing for more than a year now. It is a super easy way to reduce food waste by putting your scraps to good use and providing nutrients to the soil. It also reduces the amount of waste in landfills and therefore, gas emissions. Here are my top 3 composting tips for beginners:
Know Your Composting Location (and their rules)
Do a little research to find a composting center near you. There are helpful resources online such as the website Litterless. Litterless is a guide to waste-free living and provides state by state details about compost locations as well as places to shop that has eliminated packaging. I tend to fluctuate between dropping my compost off at my local farmer’s market or at Mom’s Organic Market.
Once you choose your compost location, it is important to be familiar with their composting guidelines. For example, my local farmer’s market does not allow the composting of animal products (except for eggshells), however, Mom’s Organics does. Adherence to subtle compost rules is important to respect in order to eliminate any issues when the compost is processed further down the line.
Use Compost Bags
I have found compost bags to be the easiest way to manage my food scraps in between drop-offs. I ordered these 100% compostable bags from Amazon and I have not had to reorder yet! The pros of using compost bags are that it reduces mess and allows for easy transport. They are thinner than your typical bag, so beware of any piercings that could cause a leak. However, some of the leakages can be avoided if you use my next tip.
Freeze Your Compost
You read that right! Devote some of your precious freezer space to compost. Tbh, it’s not uncommon for my freezer to have more compost than edible food (I can’t tell if I should be embarrassed by that…but I’m not). There are a couple of benefits to freezing your compost. For one, it reduces any icky smells that can result from having food scraps out and around for extended periods of time. Freezing the scraps into a solid mass (instead of a gooey ball of rotting produce) also provides ease of transport. Fewer questionable leaks! I keep a larger tubberware container that is lined with a compost bag in my freezer. Throughout the week, I add my scraps and BOOM. Waste managed.