Hugh's War on Waste

edited 4 March 2016 at 11:32AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Ken68Ken68 Forumite
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    No food waste here Andrea, if any it goes on the compost heap, though not meat, gravy etc. (all explained on the bin lid).Egg shells are crushed (and kept in lidded container) to later combat garden pests, slugs etc.
    Only time I use the brown bin is for hard prunings from trees shrubs etc.
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    Andrea - not sure why but I finally found the Wastemen programme which was an Open University documentary screened on BBC2 earlier this year.

    If you type into Google
    Wastemen BBC2 Daily Motion

    It will bring up two videos of the refuse programme. Tried posting the links but it won't work. Having said that it is a fantastic two part docu and it's really really worth watching!

    That is a very HFW type programme and I enjoyed watching this rubbish :rotfl:
    Cat, Dogs and the Horses are our fag and beer money :D :beer:
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    edited 18 November 2015 at 1:13PM
    Pollycat wrote: »
    My food waste consisted - as it does most weeks - of potato & carrot peelings, cauliflower/romanesco stalks/leaves, slivers from the stalk ends of mushrooms, brown skin from onions etc etc.

    I've just "translated" that to in my household:
    - I don't peel potatoes. I eat it all.
    - I eat the stalks and leaves of things like cauliflower/romanesco
    - I eat all of my mushrooms (apart from any bits of dirt at the end of the stalk
    - No I don't eat the onion skin:rotfl:- but I'd usually chop them up small and use them on the garden soil (that "I feed the soil and the soil feeds me" thing:)).

    I do throw out teabags and some of my coffee grounds I admit. I will try and not put more food on my plate than I think I'll actually want and then to use any leftovers I've not put on my plate as far as I can (though that's partly down to moneysaving).
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    MSE_Andrea wrote: »
    Has anyone NOT had to put their food waste bin out this week, or even at all?

    I've never put mine out. The whole concept of it grosses me out. Firstly it wasn't new to me .... and it's outside .... and it scares me.

    And apparently I need some paper bags or liners or something.

    So I've no instructions, it grosses me out (touching that bin at all) .... I don't have sufficient quantity to ever feel that it'd make sense to use the bin. It'd be daft to put it out with, say, one piece of bread and one banana skin in it only.

    My only food waste this week is 5 banana skins.
  • PollycatPollycat Forumite
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    I've just "translated" that to in my household:
    - I don't peel potatoes. I eat it all.
    - I eat the stalks and leaves of things like cauliflower/romanesco
    - I eat all of my mushrooms (apart from any bits of dirt at the end of the stalk
    - No I don't eat the onion skin:rotfl:- but I'd usually chop them up small and use them on the garden soil (that "I feed the soil and the soil feeds me" thing:)).
    Well done on the 'translation'.
    My bad. :cool:
    Shall I sit on the naughty step?

    It actually depends which potatoes I use, for mash I peel, new I leave the skins on.
  • fuddlefuddle Forumite
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    I understood :cool:

    My rabbit keeps my fruit and veg wastage down.

    PasturesNew I am a squeamish person in that I don't like anything touching my hands. I can do all sorts (and have done in my job :eek: ) with gloves on but without gloves... nope. The food bin is something I can do without putting gloves on. It's so simple and so clean. We use the biodegradable caddy liners (my bad, shoot me now :p ) but it enables a clean, smell free collection of food under my kitchen sink that can be transferred to the larger food bin when the time comes.

    But if your waste is only 5 banana skins then I guess you don't need a caddy :)
  • PixieDustPixieDust Forumite
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    Try mashed potato with the skins on - just once - we don't peel spuds any more :)
  • fuddlefuddle Forumite
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    Are they nice PixieDust?
  • Former_MSE_AndreaFormer_MSE_Andrea Former MSE
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    We unfortunately don't have a food bin supplied by the local council to allow us to dispose of those few things we can't compost.

    Have you asked your council why not?
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    PixieDust wrote: »
    Try mashed potato with the skins on - just once - we don't peel spuds any more :)

    I do that.

    The kids complained the first couple of times but are getting used to it now. The most nutrients are in the skins! :rotfl:
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