How to Dispose Food Waste at Home

Your kitchen yields different types of garbage during cleaning and food preparation. How to Dispose Food Waste at HomeDepending on their nature, you may dispose food waste by grinding in garbage disposal, compositing or throwing in the trash.

In this guide, I will show you how to dispose food waste at home to minimize pollution due to over-crowded landfills.

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Grind in the Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal allows you to dispose kitchen waste through the drain. This minimizes the amount of waste thrown in the trash thus lessening over-crowding in landfills. While a garbage disposal can grind most food waste from your kitchen, it’s recommended to toss only biodegradable waste in the disposal.

Tips for disposing common food waste from your kitchen.

  • Dispose food leftovers in the garbage disposal as long as they do not contain large bones. The components of a garbage disposal are handy enough to grind small bones from fish and chicken leftovers. Avoid tossing large bones such as those from goat and cow.
  • Although fruit and vegetable peels are not hard, they may not easily get caught in between the impellers and grinding ring. A good way to shred peels is to toss them together with food waste that can easily get trapped between the impellers and grinding chamber. Plus avoid stuffing the garbage disposal with large amounts of fruit and vegetable peels at the same time.
  • Coffee grounds and eggshells tend to get deposited in the garbage disposal and drain pipes. So, avoid tossing eggshells and coffee grounds in the disposal. In case you accidentally dispose eggshells and coffee grounds in the garbage disposal, be sure to flush with plenty of cold water.
  • Fibrous waste such as corn husks, celery, artichoke leaves won’t be effectively grinded in the garbage disposal.
  • Never, dispose grease or cooking fat in the garbage disposal. Once it dries, it will turn into clogs in the grinding chamber and drain pipes.
  • Unlike fish bones shells from seafood are too hard to be grinded in the garbage disposal. Therefore, avoid putting shells in the garbage disposal following an oyster, lobster, crab or shrimp meal.

Toss Non-Reusable Waste in the Trash

All food waste that is not suitable for the garbage disposal should be disposed of in the trash. This may include hard bones, meat, fibrous foods, used cooking oil, nuts, seeds, grease and so on.

Waste meat and rotting food should be sealed airtight in heavy duty plastic bags before being disposed in the trash. This aids in retaining bad smell and keeping off animals from the trash.

For cooking oil, pour it disposable containers and then dispose it in the trash after it has solidified.


Compositing provides a good way of making use of waste products from your kitchen. When it decomposes, organic waste yields nutrients which are useful to your food plants, flowers and ornamentals. By compositing, you’ll also be minimizing the amount of garbage that ends in the trash.

Compositing can be done in the yard if you have one or composite bin if you have limited space.

Some of the waste that you can compost include eggshells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels, nutshells and leftovers. However, avoid compositing meat, cooking oil and dairy products since they are attractive to animals. Plus avoid adding non-biodegradable stuff in the compost.

Here are 3 methods you can use to composite food waste.

1. Backyard Compositing

This involves digging a compost in the backyard and retaining food waste for a period of time until it’s ready for use as manure. Turning the compost regularly hastens the rate of decomposition thus making it ready within a short period.

2. Vermicomposting

In this type of compositing, red worms are introduced in bins which are loaded with food waste. The worms aid in breaking and decomposing the organic waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Different sizes of opaque plastic containers are available in online stores. So, you can acquire one or more bins depending on the available space and amount of food waste you want to handle.

3. Three-Bin Compositing

As the name depicts the three bin compost system entails three sections in which food waste is placed.

Fresh food waste is tossed in the first bin and is left to decompose for some weeks. Notably, the contents of the first bin will start shrinking, an indication of decomposition.

Once you transfer the now decomposing waste to the second bin, the first bin becomes ready for fresh waste. Transferring the materials from one bin to another allows proper mixing while promoting aeration for optimal aerobic activity.

In the second bin, the material is further broken down in readiness for the final decomposition.

Once you transfer the materials to the third bin, allow to decompose to a dark and crumbling soils. In this case none of the original food waste should be recognizable. An earthly odor from the compost is also a good indicator that it is ready for use.

For you to have continuous manure from your kitchen waste, ensure that the first bin is filled with fresh waste after each transfer.


Knowing how to dispose your kitchen waste properly can give you a piece of mind and help reduce pollution from landfills. In addition, you can benefit from organic fertilizer when you compost organic waste from your kitchen.

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