Blog Post A: Household Waste

As I have been researching Organic waste and the potential it has, I decided to see just how much waste is accumulated in my home and what the attitudes are towards the waste. Looking through the rubbish in my household, which I have never really had a good hard look at, I actually found it quite interesting.

We have a main bin in the kitchen, which we (family of 5) use for everything.

It gets emptied about 2 – 3 times a day and has a mixed variety of rubbish in it. The only things that are separated are big recyclables like bottles, cartons and cardboard boxes.

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In the bin there is mixed fruit skins, aluminium cans, plastic and food scraps

Each bin load ranges from 500g – 1.2Kgs.

About 10-15 of these bags fills up our Green 240L bin that goes out on the street every week of an average of 12-15Kgs of waste a week plus our recycled waste.

While taking these photos Mum had a look at it and said – “It is not sorted yet just wait”.  I found that quite humorous and ironic because 1: She never says that. 2; She knows these photos are going to be used for something. This bought to my attention she is conscious of what she is doing, and what she is not doing, as all of us are. When we see a recycling bin and a normal bin next too each other in public, we just throw everything in the general rubbish instead of sorting out what is in our hands and what could be recycled. It is just an unconscious decision we make, is it convenience? Or we just don’t care? We are all playing apart in this.

Moving onto organic elements in the bin – One thing that gets eaten a lot in the household are mandarins. As you can see our fruit bowl is predominantly Mandarins (As seen below). They are in season at the moment (April – October) and are available in many different types; these mandarins are imperials as they are also the most common. They are mainly grown in the Queensland region.(Citrus Australia n.d)

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Some fun facts about mandarins

  • Prevents Cancer
  • Provides Vitamin C
  • Reduces Cholesterol Problems
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Promotes Weight loss
  • Healthier Immune System
  • Skin Health
    (Akruti 2015)

As it is very beneficial to us, it is beneficial to the environment – mostly our own veggie patches and composts. As some allegations say citrus peelings are bad for composting because they take a long time for the peels to break down and act as poison to our plants, but you can slice the peels into smaller pieces speeding up this process providing nutrients and nitrogen to the soil. Chemicals in the citrus peels are generally used in pesticides, but the odour that they give off can be used to keep pests away from your compost pile or garden. Attaching the peel around plants or creating a tear in the  peel and attaching it directly to the stem of the plant protects the plant at the same time as giving it nutrients it needs. So instead of throwing the Mandarin peels in the bin, throw them into your garden and put them to good use.(Rhoades, H. 2015)5

 

References:

Citrus Australia n.d, Whats in Season? ,Viewed 10 June 2016 <http://www.citrusaustralia.com.au/consumer-information/whats-in-season.htm&gt;

Akruti 2015. 14 Amazing Benefits of Mandarin Oranges, Viewed 10 June 2016 <http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-mandarin-oranges-for-skin-hair-and-health/&gt;

Rhoades, H. 2015. Citrus peels in Compost, Viewed 10 June 2016

Citrus Peels In Compost – Tips For Composting Citrus Peels

 

 

 

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