There’s a saying: “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” In 2020, we’re all looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprints and express our gratitude to the Earth which has fed and nurtured us. The last place you would expect to do this is the kitchen rubbish bin. However, besides composting and recycling, there are many innovative ways to repurpose and reuse one’s kitchen waste. Read below to discover ways to grow fresh new vegetables, simmer a savoury broth, or mould new candles.

Meat Bones and Vegetable Scraps  

Instead of throwing away the unchewable meat bones of last night’s dinner, or unattractive vegetable scraps that never made the cut, roast them with savoury and flavorful spices. Once the scraps are golden brown, withdraw them from the oven. After your mixture emits a flavorful waft, scrape them into a pot of water with any remaining meat juices. Bring the mixture to a boil to serve up a fresh, homemade broth perfect for any soup, chowder or noodle dish.

Stale Bread 

If you have ever found yourself in a situation where your bread has become stiff and stale, do not throw it out. Check your bread for any mould spots, but if it is clear, you have a perfect base for fresh breadcrumbs or crunchy croutons. Cut the bread into small pieces, shake a dash of garlic and onion powder, as well as salt and pepper over the square pieces. Pop them in the microwave or oven until golden brown, and you have yourself some mouthwatering croutons to go with your homemade broth.

Lemon Rind as a Natural Air Freshener

If you find yourself with lemon peels on your hand, consider throwing them down the garbage disposal instead of the garbage can. Turn on your garbage disposal for about a minute, and your entire sink will smell of fresh lemons. This is a perfect way to finish your weekly cleaning, to give your kitchen that pleasant lemony scent with no added chemicals.

Yellow Grease Waste Disposal

If you have ever cooked with oil, you are aware of how difficult it is to rid your kitchen of the remnants. Never pour it down the drain as the cooled grease can damage the garbage disposal blades. Instead, consider contacting the waste cooking oil collection service to properly dispose of, or repurpose, your cooking oil waste. They purchase used soybean, corn, and other vegetable oils from you to recycle and repurpose to prevent clogged sewer systems, turned into biodiesel or converted into soap, paint and detergent.

Lettuce Hearts, Onion Roots & Pineapple Tops

What do these collectively have in common? Each piece of produce scraps can be planted and used to grow more versions of themselves. Hold onto your vegetable rubbish and research which produces can be re-planted in a recycling garden. Grab several small pots, composted soil made from potato peels, a pot of water, and get planting immediately.

Instead of wasting the physical and mental effort on collecting trash after making a meal: take a moment to see where you can recycle, reuse and refreshen your Green footprint. The possibilities and lifehacks are endless, and they are nearly the next best thing to composting.