How to Reduce and Recycle Organic Waste

Comment réduire et recycler ses déchets organiques?

The problem with landfills is very real, but when the time comes to take action to do our part, we can easily be faced with several options without knowing which one best suits our situation.

This is why we are sharing some solutions that will allow you to determine, according to your needs, how you can reduce and recycle your organic waste

Happy reading!


Reduce Organic Waste

Let’s first address the issue of food waste. In Canada alone, the equivalent of $31 billion in food is thrown away each year.¹ In addition, 63% of the food residues that we throw in the trash or in the brown bin could have been eaten. To give you a better picture, this works out to the equivalent of $1,100 per year for the average household.²

It is therefore important to prioritize reduction at the source by reducing the amount of food thrown in the trash. How? Several options are possible:

  • Plan your meals in advance;
  • Make a grocery list and buy only the food you need;
  • Find ingenious ideas for cooking leftovers (i.e. vegetable broths or soups);
  • Freeze certain foods to keep them longer;
  • And more!


Recycle Organic Waste

Once you’ve minimized the amount of waste thrown in the trash, you have to figure out how to recycle what’s left. Here are several solutions that can meet your needs taking into account your living environment, whether you live in the city, in the countryside, in a house or an apartment.


Home Composting

Compost is certainly the best-known way to recycle organic waste. It is a process of transforming organic matter using decomposing microorganisms.

Home composting itself brings together different options:


Outdoor Composting

This involves placing most of your table waste (rich in nitrogen) in an external bin and adding twice the amount of structuring agent rich in carbon, for example dead leaves or coffee grounds. Please note that certain foods cannot be placed there, such as meat, for example.

Then the microorganisms will do their job for 9 to 12 months to turn your organic waste into compost. It is important to ensure that the right temperature, oxygen and humidity conditions are in place, which means stirring them regularly and watering as needed.³


Composteur en bois


Vermicomposting

Practiced indoors, this is a technique that uses red worms. In a plastic bin, you put damp shredded paper, garden soil and a good handful of worms. Like outdoor compost, this complex technique requires placing organic matter (except meat) in the right place as well as the worms in the right conditions. You will be able to harvest the compost within 3 to 6 months.


Bokashi

A lesser-known technique, bokashi consists of fermenting your organic waste without air. The process involves mixing starter (wheat impregnated with microorganisms) with your organic matter to ferment it tightly. After a few weeks, you will have a pre-compost that will need to be buried before it ripens and becomes compost. The bokashi allows you to deposit all types of organic waste, including meat.


Bac pour Bokashi


Collection

Some municipalities also offer you the option of collecting your organic waste and ensuring their management, by carrying out anaerobic digestion or by guaranteeing their composting.

This can be done in two ways⁴:


1. By Voluntary Contribution

Depending on the city you live in, there are several drop-off points where you can bring your organic waste, such as outdoor community composting sites. 

2. By Truck via Municipal Collection

If your municipality offers this service, it will also provide you with a brown bin in which you can put your organic waste. Just like collecting garbage or recycling, a truck will empty it every week. 


Automated Devices

Another effective solution is to get an automated device – also called an automatic composter – which crushes and dehydrates your organic matter, including meat, to transform them into a natural fertilizer that can be used in your outdoor plants, your vegetable garden or on your lawn. It is therefore important to bring a small nuance: the final material is not a compost, it is a fertilizer, because there is no presence of microorganisms.


Main qui dépose du fertilisant naturel dans un potager


These devices are odourless, quiet and easy to use; the cycle stops on its own after just a few hours, when the material is ready. You can therefore participate in the complete life cycle of a food, from its purchase at the grocery store, through its transformation, to finally deposit it directly in your vegetable garden. A good example is the Tero


L'appareil Tero qui transforme vos déchets alimentaires en fertilisant naturel


All of the proposed options are effective in diverting organic matter from landfills, where many greenhouse gases are released. For more details, see our blog post on this topic.

What is most important is first to reduce at the source by reducing food waste. Then, you have to choose an organic waste recycling solution adapted to your lifestyle. 

Now, do you have any examples of your organic management to share with our community?


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References

¹ Semaine canadienne de réduction des déchets, 2017.

² Recyc-Québec, s.d.

³ Recyc-Québec, s.d.

Recyc-Québec, s.d.


By: Claudia Larose

Membre de l'équipe Tero

14 comments

Oct 12, 2021 • Posted by Nikunj

The proper way to reduce and recycle organic waste is really about using a little foresight, ingenuity, and creativity. There are many easy things that can be done in any house without having to spend a penny on new materials – or more than a few minutes of time. Read more: https://www.sequoia-global.com/waste-fuel-recycling/

Apr 05, 2021 • Posted by Diane Arseneault

Bonjour, Je suis intéressée par ce produit dès le de ut de vos recherches.

Pour le moment ,en lisant les commentaires il y a des gens qui ont fait la commande et non toujours pas reçu le soit disant produit et même qu’ils sont payés.

J’ai hâte de voir quand s’ amorcera le résultat final!
Bonne chance à vous!

Mar 07, 2021 • Posted by Julie Larose

J’aurais tellement aimé me procurer le Tero! C’est vrai que ce n’est pas pour tous les budgets, l’idée énoncée dans un commentaire précédent d’offrir l’étalement des paiements en pré-vente serait idéale pour les familles moins aisées comme dans mon cas.

Feb 15, 2021 • Posted by Marie daher

Desolée, au Liban ici on sait pas si on faisait le recyclage, pas vraiement

Feb 15, 2021 • Posted by Manon Séguin

Moi j’ai aussi payé ma machine et jamais recu pourquoi ou quant !

Feb 15, 2021 • Posted by Ginette Champoux

Très intéressant votre article.
Merci

Feb 15, 2021 • Posted by Yves perras

Quand pourrais-recevoir mon tero déjà payé?
Merci

Feb 15, 2021 • Posted by BAILLY Véronique

Bonjour, quand pensez-vous pouvoir le vendre en France s.v.p. ?

Feb 15, 2021 • Posted by Nancie Toutant

Téro est un produit super intéressant mais trop dispendieux. Je comprends que le développement est cher mais ce n’est pas abordable pour tous.

Feb 15, 2021 • Posted by Céline Héroux

J’ai bien hâte de m’acheter mon appareil, je fais mon compost depuis presque 40 ans.

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