Hi there, I run a cafe in the city. For a couple of years now we have been seperating the rubbish and composting the bio degradables. I drop it off at Kelmana Gardens and the good folk there turn it into food again. Every now and then I drop a load at home to make a compost heap or to bury in a garden.

What I was hoping to do here was motivate someone into recycling their waste or someone else into asking there local cafe, restaurant, fruit shop... for their waste.

It doesn't take a lot of time at the cafe, just a bucket next to the bin, scrape and chuck stuff in a different direction and you are away, staff were really into the new idea which impressed me. We line the bucket with an old newspaper to help with the cleaning up. You could use bio-bags and have no mess. A bucket with a lid is a good idea.

Thanks for reading this far.

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Comment by Bridge Scully on September 24, 2009 at 9:58pm
HI Jeff,
You're on to a good thing and its great that you are putting it out there : )
Ive worked at many a very busy cafe/restaurant and the amount of food waste and recycling these places go through is phenominal.
We have at my current workplace food scrap buckets that are always filled to the brim by the end of the day. These are taken by some of the ladies in the kitchen and other locals to feed their pigs.
There are many cafes/restaurants that throw this kind of thing away, as the dont think there is any other use for it
I myself am still a beginner when it comes to composting bio-degradables and it would be awesome if there was more awareness of what these people/businesses can do to turn the waste back into something useful : ).The amount of good stuff taken out with the garbage in some places can be huge and it would be great to not have to throw it in the dump! : )

Comment by Carrie on September 22, 2009 at 10:42am
thanks for posting...this is great! I design kitchens (both commercial and residential) and am trying to convince my client's to make room to compost and recycle...hoping to start a trend. :O)

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