According to a study by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), households throw away about a third of the food they buy. About half of the 6.7 million tonnes of food thrown in the bin each year is edible and the rest comprises waste such as peelings and bones. Food accounts for 19% of domestic waste, cooked food is more likely to be thrown away than raw ingredients and fruit and vegetables are the most common uncooked foods to be discarded. All this waste then gets taken to landfill sites around the UK which are not only nearly full, but also account for a huge percentage of methane emissions (one of the greenhouse gases) that pollute our atmosphere. Composting in any form is environmentally positive in that in reduces volume going to landfill and therefore reduces transport costs and methane emissions, while returning nutrients to your soil. Worms, in particular, have been recognised for their amazing ability to turn any organic material into a valuable soil fertiliser called vermicompost. Wormeries are particularly useful because the species of worms used are able to break down cooked as well as uncooked food. Cooked food is a major source of household food waste.
The simple solution... Don't Let Your Food Go To Waste!
See www.wrap.org.uk for more information on minimising waste and making the most of what we do throw away.