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Weekly Tips | August 06, 2012

Seconds Anyone?

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.

Citrus Peels and Rinds


Juiced Lemon Halves


Fruit and Veggie Skins


Cucumber Peels


Banana Peels




Meat Bones and Vegetable Scraps

Resources: Real Simple: New Uses for Compostable Items | Recyclebank: 6 Ways to Reuse Orange Rinds | Earth 911: 10 Reuse Ideas for Food Scraps | Earth 911: 10 Household Uses for Citrus Scraps | 20 Uses for Leftover Fruit and Vegetable Rinds and Peels

The Big Picture

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:


Sources: U.S. EPA Info About Food Waste | 2009 Washington Statewide Waste Characterization Study

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