Tips for sorting bio-waste

Sorting bio-waste can sometimes feel difficult, but don't give up! We have a solution to the most common concerns, making sorting as easy as possible.

Sorting can be as easy as making hay!

Biowaste is all the leftover uneaten food that is left over after you have cooked or eaten food. Simple, isn't it?

food waste sorting

When a paper bag gets wet and breaks

  • Use our bio-waste bin for our bio-waste bags. The bio-waste container keeps the bag dry and airy.
  • Put too little rather than too much bio-waste in the bag. Never fill the bag so full that it is difficult to close.
  • Put some kitchen paper on the bottom of the bag and make sure the food scraps are not too wet when you throw them in the bag.

Does biowaste stink, are banana flies a nuisance?

  • Change the bag more often.
  • It is a good idea to throw your organic waste in the bin every three days, even if the bag is not full.
  • Banana flies in organic waste are a nasty nuisance - sort your organic waste and any mixed waste more often.

Trap for banana flies

  • 2 parts vinegar
  • 1 part juice or syrup
  • A few drops of detergent
  • Wash the biowaste bin
  • Pour boiling water down the drain, because the banana fly eggs are there

Don't make it too difficult

Every bag counts. When you sort your organic waste, like your potato peelings and apple pomace, your food waste is turned into climate-friendly biofertiliser and environmentally friendly biogas.

This is bio-waste:

  • Peel, stalks and seeds of vegetables, roots and fruit
  • Coffee grounds and filter bags
  • Tea poros and tea bags
  • Eggshells
  • Crustacean shells
  • Inedible food scraps
  • Offal and small bones of meat, fish and birds
  • Flowers and leaves (not mould)

This is not bio-waste:

  • Cat litter and dog poo bags
  • Cigarettes, cigarette butts and snuff
  • Branches and twigs
  • Plastic bags and food packaging
  • Contents of dust bags

General objections

"There is no room in my kitchen for sorting organic waste."

There is always room for one bag and every bag makes a difference: biowaste from a household of four can be used to produce biogas that can be used to drive a car 12 kilometres a week.

"My bio-waste is low."

Almost all homes generate bio-waste, and it doesn't have to be a lot.
It is enough to digest a single kilo of biowaste into biogas to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 0.3 kg compared to using fossil fuels.

"The bag is leaking."

Put some kitchen paper on the bottom of the bag and make sure the food scraps are not too wet when you throw them in the bag. The right kind of bag holder will also help. Ours has air holes that allow the bag to breathe.

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