Have you heard of ShareWaste?

ShareWasteHave you heard of ShareWaste? Well, you have now and it’s time to get excited. Because, for the countless landfill issues plaguing our country, this concept is a game-changer. In a nutshell, ShareWaste is an app that connects you to people who have signed up in your area to collect food waste.

I discovered it about 12 months ago but have only recently signed up. After several failed attempts at home composting, and no intention of setting up a worm farm just yet, this is a great interim solution. I have connected with a lovely lady, a five-minute drive away from me, who has 3 worm farms and a compost system – BINGO! Now, not only am I donating my scraps, I have my neighbour and a good friend on board too! We arrange for our scraps to be collected every Friday morning. It’ll either be collected from my porch, or I drop it off at her place (just a bucket by her front door). It’s as easy as that!

Why bother?

Did you know that Aussies waste 3.2 million tonnes of food per year? This costs the economy 20 billion dollars. When food waste decays in an anaerobic environment, methane is formed (which is 25x more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming).

Think about the amount of food that you throw away each week. Whether it is the tops and tails of veg, the peels or cores of fruit, it all adds up. Rather than send it to landfill, consider checking out ShareWaste and helping to feed someone’s worms or chickens!

There is some good info on the ShareWaste website to help you work out what can and can’t be collected, but a chat with your local ‘collector’ will clear up any confusion too. For example, onion skins and a few citrus peels are ok for Jane, my ShareWaste contact, plus she’s always after cardboard and paper so I give her egg cartons and any boxes I’ve gathered during the week.

Here’s a general idea of what I do:

〉I collect any fruit or veg scraps, eggshells and coffee grounds, on my bench each day.

〉I pop them all into a dedicated container and keep them in my fridge, adding to it daily.

〉My friend and neighbour drop their buckets onto my porch on Friday morning, and I pop mine out there too.

〉Jane swings by, empties the buckets into her giant bucket, and off she goes.

〉Rinse and repeat (physically, and figuratively!).

So there you have it, ShareWaste is an easy way to make a real difference. Don’t ever discount the impact you, as an individual, can have; every little bit counts. Just imagine if everyone did something small, the impact would be huge! If ShareWaste still isn’t your thing, YET, share this article with someone who might be keen to give it a go.

Krissy Ballinger

author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness

Krissy Ballinger is an accomplished author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness. Her mission is to gently guide individuals towards holistic wellbeing by providing a wealth of resources and services, ranging from natural living guidance and DIY recipes, to healing therapies that nurture the mind, body, spirit and space. She envisions a world where conscious choices are made that honour the self, humanity and the environment.

With her roots in education and health promotion, Krissy continually expands her expertise. Recently, she obtained certifications in Zone Healing Technique and NeurOptimal Neurofeedback (brain training), qualified as a Reiki Healer, and completed an Undergraduate Certificate in Lifestyle Coaching from Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Krissy dedicates her time to managing her wellness room, offering services in Zone and Reiki Healing, Neurofeedback brain training, and Chemical Awareness Consulting. Additionally, she educates individuals about common and avoidable toxins through her various social platforms. Krissy’s books have collectively sold over 100,000 copies, including the award-winning Naturally Inspired – Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, as well as Make & Play – Natural DIY Recipes for Kids, and The Lifestyle Edit.

1 Comment

  1. This is awesome! I connected with someone in my neighbourhood using the Buy Nothing platform for my suburb for the same reason as you….far too much valuable compostable waste ending up in the regular rubbish. The Sharewaste platform sounds great. I have since found a composting system that works for me, but I sometimes have excess which I still take to my neighbor.

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