Did you know that we throw out about one third of all the food we buy?!
The last 10+ years has seen huge change in relation to how waste is managed in Ireland. We have moved quickly from a position of almost total reliance on landfill for managing waste to a high level of recovery of certain recyclable materials, with complex waste flows to and between different waste recycling and recovery activities (EPA).
According to the latest data from the EPA (2018):
We need to improve! Black bin waste could be reduced by 56% with proper segregation & 32% of waste in the recycling bin should not be there! Further 64% of household food waste is still going into the wrong bin!!(EPA, 2018). Food waste could be diverted from landfill by composting. Organic food waste going to landfill results in methane and leachate by-products. Methane is one of the six greenhouse gases associated with Climate Change and in fact is 20 TIMES more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide, the oft cited greenhouse gas. It follows that there is potential to increase composting in Ireland even more.
We can all do more to improve our waste behaviour. The most effective action we can take is to reduce the waste we produce in the first place. We can avoid plastic packaging and single use items such as disposable coffee cups etc., make shopping lists to cut down on the amount of food waste we generate.. etc. etc. The links below will help with more ideas.