Happy Food Waste Friday!
It’s one of my favorite blogging days because I get to talk about food waste, a subject near and dear to my heart. Every Friday, I post about my weekly food waste and I link up with Simply Being Mum and The Frugal Girl.
A couple of weeks ago I made a comment in a blog post about why I’m not allowed to have a compost bin anymore. Some of you wanted to know more about that story, so here it is.
I’ve always been a big fan of composting. Why not, right? It’s an easy way to waste less food, and it makes new food for plants. A few years ago I attending a workshop and received a free plastic fence made to surround a compost pile. I made one hell of a pile. The problem was that the pile attracted rats, spiders, roaches, and burglars. Yep, burglars.
We had the compost bin against our fence that was padlocked. Turns out it was the perfect height for someone to stand on our side of the fence and pass large items, such as a 38 inch television, over the fence. The footprints on the compost pile were our proof.
While I’m confident that the burglars would have been successful even without the extra boost from the compost pile, Tom disagrees with me. He is certain that I aided in the success of all of our electronics being stolen.
Because of this, he refuses to let me try again. Pretty harsh right?
He likes to say that the burglary is the reason why I can’t compost, but in reality it is because my pile wasn’t the best. I’m a lazy composter. I like to throw everything in the pile, turn it every so often, and let time (and worms) do the heavy lifting. I think I need a bunch of land in order to compost my way.
Still, I want to compost. It kills me to throw out food scraps that could have been made into new soil. Just the thought of food taking up landfill space is enough to keep me up at night. I’m serious.
So, I’m thinking of getting a bin like this.
I’m positive that my old school compost pile is against HOA regulations for our new home. But a bin like this? I think I could get away with it! Now, I just have to convince my husband that this would work better than my old pile.
The reason I need it is because the majority of my food waste is something that could have gone into a compost bin. Here is my waste for this week.
The onions were slimy after being in the fridge for too long. I used what was still good and tossed the rest. I wish I had found them earlier so I could have put them in the freezer. The asparagus ends did not roast well. Usually I trim my asparagus and save the ends for soups, but I was too lazy this time. Turns out trimming them is worth the extra time. They were way too tough to eat. I’m trying to clean out my freezer for the move so I threw them away instead of freezing them for later.
Do you have any compost bin tips? How did you do with waste this week?