Post A: Waste Audits- I waste too much…

17797388_10211598800659110_1601182031_oKearney, T. 2017, My 24hr Organic Waste Audit, taken 5th April 2017.

Before beginning an organic waste audit it is really important to note what exactly is organic waste? This can be broken down into two sections, firstly what is organics and what is organic waste? The term organic to me is biological living tissue, either plant or meat based, which is grown naturally without any harmful chemicals or additives.

I believe that the notion of organic waste is interpretable as an ongoing lifecycle, it is something that has been grown and then repurposed or recycled at the end of its original lifetime, benefiting another and forever completing a circulative cycle.

However organic waste generally is not intended to include plastics or rubber even though to an organic chemist, these polymers are certainly organic’ (www.wastenet.net.au). Therefore this is why it is important to note my interpretation of what organic waste is when referring to my own organic waste audit.

I found the results of my 24hour organic waste audit interesting as there are a lot of everyday activities that I do which never occurred to me as a waste of resources. The best example of this is my personal hygiene such as going to the toilet, washing my hands, cleaning my teeth, doing the dishes, showering and washing clothes uses a substantial amount of water resources. Combined, all these tasks equate to 100 days of my recommended drinking consumption of water, 200L. Although these are things that I am not willing to give up, there are innovations that can be utilised to reduce this consumption. For example water saving showerhead can save close to 2L of water per minute (2017, www.epa.gov).

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Kearney, T. 2017, Canape Food Waste Audit, taken 5th April 2017.

The activity of cooking my food also contributes to a lot of waste. However it is better to refer to my Canapé food waste audit as we can see from the growth of the vegetables to their consumption nine major factors that can contribute to the throwing away of organic waste. It is really shocking to see so much organic waste is being produced from my own lunch let alone a mass catered event.

I think it is really important to understand where we create organic waste in our everyday lives and at a mass produced scale so we can try to reduce them and reuse these recourses in an effective way. If we don’t dispose of organic waste correctly it can be added to the ‘limited landfill space, break down into the harmful greenhouse gas called methane and causes leachate that can polite our waterways (http://www.sita.com.au/)

References

Organic waste, Walga Waste Net, Viewed 1st April 2017, <http://www.wastenet.net.au/organic-waste.aspx>

Kearney, T. 2017, Canape Food Waste Audit, taken 5th April 2017.

2015 ,Organic Waste, NSW EPA ,Viewed 1st April 2017, <http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/organic-waste.htm>

2017, Organic Material, Suez, Viewed 1st April 2017,<http://www.sita.com.au/commercial-solutions/resource-recovery-recycling/organic-material/>

2017 ,Shower Heads,EPA, <https://www.epa.gov/watersense/showerheads>.

 

One thought on “Post A: Waste Audits- I waste too much…”

  1. I find your belief of an organic waste life cycle interesting.

    “I believe that the notion of organic waste is interpretable as an ongoing lifecycle, it is something that has been grown and then repurposed or recycled at the end of its original lifetime, benefiting another and forever completing a circulative cycle.”

    I think it may be because I don’t think of it as a cycle. Your interpretation has changed my interpretation of what an organic life cycle is. This may also be due to seeing the ground as a beginning and end. Now however I see it as a middle point to the life cycle of organics. I read somewhere (can’t remember where) that if we start changing our systems, policies, behaviours, economies to cyclic and closed loop thinking and processing, the impact on our world have a tremendous affect!

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