County councils all over Ireland in conjunction with Stop Food Waste have either carried out or are currently challenging a group of families in their county to accept the challenge to reduce their food waste production. Shopping with out a list so buying more than was intended, succumbing to the two for one offers, bad storage practices in fridges and bad veg and fruit storage all contribute to the figure averaged out to be circa €700 per household.
Rte journalist and co-author of the original Basketcase Philip Boucher-Hayes has been filming a documentary for RTE on food waste in Ireland and examining strategies to curb it. When you tot up the figures it seems that in this country that of every three bags of groceries we bring into the house, one goes in the bin. Yep, throw it in, just like that. The other shocking figure is that according to the EPA – half a billion euros, yes, half a billion, could be saved if we got control of the problem.
County councils like Clare, Mayo, West Meath have decided to challenge families to bring their waste to a central point, have it analysed by Stop Food Waste experts. Families will be quizzed on their shopping practices and advised as to how their waste accumulated. Over a number of weeks the participating families will be advised on how to shop with a budget in mind, to shop regularly just for what is needed and how to store food correctly. They will be introduced to kitchen caddies and compostable bags to help them segregate their food waste easily in the kitchen. Apart from the segregation of the food waste, collecting it in the kitchen in a caddy draws the families attention to the volume and weight of the waste before it is deposited into the outside food / brown wheelie bin.
From July 2015 new regulations will see the introduction of pay by weight lift, instead of the current pay by bin lift. 50% of the weight of the food waste presented for collection is due to water content. So in addition to paying to have food waste removed from a household, failing to try to reduce the water content is an unnecessary expense. An Aerated caddy not just a caddy with holes in it but an award winning design Aerated caddy such as we in Brown Bin Rescue offer, provides maximum aeration of the breathable compostable bag and its waste while being stored in a domestic kitchen. With much of the moisture removed from the food waste it is lighter, so reducing lift charges and with less moisture there will be far less odours generated in the outside food / brown wheelie bin. Brown Bin Rescue have supplied compostable bags and Aerated Caddies to some of the councils and look forward to providing same to other councils yet to offer their challenge. Once households realise that refuse collection charges are within their control once they use their Brown bin, and that we at Brown Bin Rescue are here to make it easy to manage food waste then its a win win situation.