Reusing food odds and ends would do a big favour for the planet, not to mention our wallets and our health, Ed Bruske of DC Urban Gardeners advises in the video above.
“Did you know that 25 per cent of everything we send to the landfill is kitchen scraps like this?” he says, while emptying out a compost bin.
Canadians toss out around 40 per cent of our food each year, valued at $27 billion, aGeorge Morris Centre study reported. And when food rots in landfills, it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, notes Environment Canada.
There’s more than one way to reuse your refuse, though. Have you ever considered using egg shells to clean your kitchen drain, or bananas to shine your shoes? These solutions and many more can help you get extra use from your leftovers — just don’t forget to compost afterwards.