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Composting food waste saves the potent methane emissions from food rotting in landfill.

Instead, composting stores carbon which is then transferred to the soil creating a net carbon benefit. 

The average UK family wastes 330kg food a year or 6kg a week. Each person wastes 95-115kg per year. 

Composting it saves 73kgs CO2e a year per family or 25kgs CO2e per person.

All food waste can be composted. Some municipalities collect all sorts of food waste for composting. If you are home composting, cooked food, bones and meat waste can cause problems with vermin but all uncooked vegetable and fruit waste may be easily composted at home. 

If space is an issue, for home composting, a wormery can process food waste efficiently indoors, producing a natural liquid fertiliser. 


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Total Carbon saved on this action 1245 kg CO2e
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  •  Howard Elston: 

    After some experimentation, have set up a composting system that uses worms to speed up the process.  Food scraps are being returned to the soil on our property.  Birds quite like the occasional worm that comes along with finished compost added to garden beds.

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