As you may be aware, there are many reasons why food is wasted in the home, including overbuying, inadequate food storage and cooking oversized portions. Fortunately, with food waste reduction tips and advice from organizations such as WRAP, many of us are beginning to make better choices when it comes to valuing our food, reducing food waste and in turn saving money. In fact according to WRAP there was an estimated 1.1m tonne reduction of food waste between 2006 and 2010.
Great news, I hear you say, but when you consider that 15m tonnes of food is still being wasted per year, with households generating 7.2m tonnes of which 4.4m tonnes is avoidable – it’s clear to see there is still quite a way to go.
However, not all food waste is avoidable and it is inevitable some will go to waste, but how can we ensure we keep it out of landfill?
Unfortunately, there is not a simple, one-fits-all solution to this problem for several reasons:
Firstly, there is still a lack of awareness of the environmental impact of food waste, some believing that as food is biodegradable it is okay for it to go to landfill, whilst others do not fully understand or appreciate the consequences of the harmful emissions created by food waste, methane, and the detrimental effect it has on our environment.
Secondly, there is not always a disposal infrastructure in place to enable householders to make a greener choice. For example, not all UK homes have food waste collected by their local authority, others have concerns that is unhygienic to store food waste, some may not have gardens to compost, whilst not all garden owners wish to compost at all.
Fortunately, for the latter, those with gardens who do not wish or have time to compost, there is an eco-friendly solution to dispose of food waste – namely, The Green Cone.
The Green Cone is an innovative food waste disposal unit. A four-part injection moulded unit, it comprises of a lower basket installed below ground and forming the base for an upper assembly consisting of a black inner cone and a green outer lidded plastic cone.
Sited in a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden, above the water table, the Green Cone will effortlessly digest all cooked and uncooked kitchen food waste, including:
So how the Green Cone work?
Using the 5 litre Green Cone caddy (which is supplied with the Green Cone) all organic kitchen waste can be collected, then when convenient, emptied into the Green Cone.
The Green Cone’s patented design of the unit utilises a solar heating effect between the inner and outer cones to promote air circulation, which facilitates the growth of beneficial micro-organisms and the desirable aerobic digestion process. The household food waste is converted into water, carbon dioxide and small amount of residue that will only need to be removed every few years in a well operating Green Cone.
So, if you are looking for a solution to dispose of your unavoidable food waste, take a look at the Green Cone and don’t forget to check if your local council will subsidise your Green Cone purchase at www.foodwasteeater.co.uk