Hygiene Tips When Food Recycling
The disposing of food requires just as much attention to hygiene standards as food preparation. Many of us casually assume that once the perishable item has been placed in the bin we can forget about it. Hygiene practice extends beyond disposing of food however, and we should focus on ensuring that germs, bacteria and toxins do not get an opportunity to affect our health.
Kitchen CompostingMaintaining good kitchen hygiene standards is vital to your health. If you do not clean kitchen surfaces, for instance, you can easily contaminate uncooked food. Being lapse with hygiene in the kitchen also presents the opportunity of mold and mildew growth. Understanding the importance of being hygiene aware is a key requirement when composting at home, particularly if you choose to compost in the kitchen and not outside in the garden.
Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic matter like fruit and vegetables and should be environmentally encouraged as much as possible.
How to Compost SafelyFor kitchen waste it is best to keep a large container with a lid and handle under the sink. Chop up any food peelings, waste and leftovers and place in the container. Do not add any meat, fish scraps or bones or dairy products to the compost as this will attract pests and insects. Banana skins, orange peel and peach skin may also contain pesticide residue so is best not added to the remains you are composting. Egg shells, fruit and vegetable peelings, tea leaves and coffee grounds can all be safely added.
A static composting container must be aerated regularly. This can be done easily by mixing up the waste content, so that the pile of food scraps receives oxygen and can break down effectively.
The prevention of contamination should be your main priority at all times, when dealing with food items – whether this is fresh perishable food or leftovers and waste. Emptying your indoor compost bin/container regularly is recommended. Ensuring you wash your hands thoroughly after handling any food waste is essential practice. Making sure that the area around the compost container is clean and germ-free at all times is also important.