A better way to keep Philly clean — and green.
The average American household generates about 17 pounds of food waste each week. Here in Philly, that wasted food contributes to the 700,000 tons of trash we send to landfills each year.
It starts with food waste. When vegetable peels, uneaten leftovers, expired pantry items or spoiled foods from the fridge get tossed into your kitchen trash can, it starts a chain reaction. The can fills up quickly and starts to smell. Eventually, that garbage ends up out on the curb until trash collection day. In addition to attracting rodents and insects, overflowing dumpsters are unsightly and unsanitary for your neighborhood.
Here’s what you can do.
Use a Disposer
A food waste disposer (also known as a garbage disposer for your sink) takes food that would otherwise be tossed in the trash, grinds it and sends it to be recycled at the city’s wastewater treatment plants.
Turn food waste into fertilizer by creating your own compost bin. Compost can make even poor soil come to life and support your garden.
Reduce Food Purchases
Planning meals is a great way to eliminate excess leftovers and helps prevent food from spoiling.