Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 12:30 pm

From the veg peels to forgotten leftovers, in some parts of the world food waste is being banned and this is what they’re doing instead…

How do you manage food waste in your home?

Food waste speeds up climate change

Rotting food contributes to climate change by releasing methane. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, methane is 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says that about 11 percent of all the greenhouse gas emissions from the food system could be reduced if we could stop wasting food.

So what are we doing to reduce food waste?

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Food waste banned in Vermont

In the US state of Vermont, the government are banning all household food waste from landfills.

As of 1 July 2020, Vermont residents won’t be allowed to throw a leftover salad in the bin.

It sounds harsh but a University of Vermont study found that 72% of Vermonters already compost or feed food scraps to pets/livestock – Go Vermont! Another strategy for dealing with food waste is offering curbside composting pickup.

Reducing household food waste is a powerful way individuals can help reduce the impacts of climate change and save money,” says Meredith Niles, UVM Food Systems and Nutrition and Food Sciences assistant professor and lead author of the study.

“Vermont has made a significant commitment to this effort and it’s exciting to see the majority of Vermonters are already composting to do their part.”

How to reduce food waste at home

Here are some ways to do our bit for the environment and save money by reducing food waste:

  • Shop according to a list and only buy what you need
  • Plan meals as well as how to use the leftovers alongside the next meal
  • Keep the fridge organised and use transparent containers to store food to ensure that nothing is forgotten about and leftovers are eaten
  • Start composting food waste in a compost heap or ‘worm farm’ composting system so that you can use the compost in the garden

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Sources: The University of Vermont via and the World Wildlife Fund