Am I an environmental warrior or just a dirty old dumpster diver?
Some folks would probably suggest that I am a tad over obsessed with climate change and living a life aimed at helping save the environment. There's some elements of that lifestyle which I normally don't talk about for fear of being labelled a dirty dumpster diver. But you know me - I'm gunna talk about them tonight!
I reuse and recycle a lot of wood and stuff. Why would I buy new stuff when the old stuff is perfectly fit for purpose as a garden bed or similar? I have two lovely cupboards that I saved from the council curbside collection. However, tonight I want to talk about organic waste.
Much of my gardening success is due to the fact that we compost. Very little organic material leaves the property. Food leftovers either get reused; fed to the dogs, chickens, quails or worms; or are composted. Pretty much our only garbage is bloody packaging.
We are at the stage where I can't produce enough organic waste to make the amount of compost that I want. So, I went afield looking for other people's garbage. I found a great source in the cafe restaurant at my mum's retirement village. I visit twice weekly and take all their coffee grounds. I've also started to try to train them to give me other organics.
Expired loaves of bread can go to the chooks or in my compost rather than become landfill which makes greenhouse gas. Every so often the restaurant gets ugly veges - they are too ugly to serve when people are paying good money for those meals. I'll take them! I turned ugly tomatoes into soup but I can also make sauce. I turned ugly zucchinis into fritters. If the veges are too ugly even for me, the chooks, quails or worms don't judge. Worst come to worst, they get chopped up and put in the compost. Four liters of expired milk became cheese - I mean, I have to make the milk go off (split) to create cheese anyway so why would I care if it was best before yesterday? Not best for making cheese, that's for sure!
Don't panic! If you come to my house, I won't feed you any of my dumpster food. I understand people get scared by that stuff. Some folks would be positively embarrassed to tell you what I've said tonight. I on the other hand, am actually quite proud.
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