Looking for something else to do with your unwanted leftovers? Get scrappy! Placing food scraps in the compost/food scraps bin gives them a second life as nutrient-rich compost, but you can prolong their life even further before tossing by creatively reusing peels, rinds, and other food scraps around your home.
Many fruit and vegetable peels, rinds, and skins can be put to work around your home or frozen for future use. When using the peel or skin of any fruit or vegetable, it’s very important that you wash it well to remove any wax or pesticides. Scrub the exterior of your produce with an eco-friendly produce cleanser or a mixture of warm water, lemon juice, white vinegar and baking soda.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we wasted 33 million tons of food in 2010, making food waste the single largest component of municipal solid waste that went to landfills and incinerators.
On a local level, 2009 Washington State data shows that: