Inedible food waste? Don’t bin it!

Composting inedible foods is a brilliant way to divert it from landfill, but there is so often still some life in these foods, meaning they can have one last hoorah before they wilt on a compost heap.

Edible foods should always be eaten by rather than being composted (as much as I love compost!) which is the mission of the charity FareShare.

This post has been put together in collaboration with FareShare, who divert edible food from landfill and redistribute it around the UK to charities and community groups to provide meals for those who need it most.

This is not a sponsored post and all opinions expressed are my own.

Here are three ways to use food waste before you bin it, or (hopefully) compost it!

Soured Cream Facemask

You can use any cream or yoghurt for this facemask. Combine 1tbsp of the dairy with 1tbsp of oats and a drop or two of liquid sweetener, such as maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.

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Smooth combined ingredients on your face. Let them sit for 15 minutes and wipe off.

When you’ve finished using it: Dairy products can’t go down the sink, as they will build up and cause a stink. If you have kerbside food collection, empty your facemask into there. If you don’t, find a local food waste charity who have access to an aerobic composter (basically, a mini industrial composter) or search for one locally on ShareWaste It took me about 3 minutes to register my compost heap on here.

Coffee Grounds Neutralise Odours

Because of the nitrogen in the coffee grounds, bad odours get absorbed and no longer smell.

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If you have a strong smell in the fridge, put coffee grounds into a bowl at the back and the smell will go in just a few hours.

I have also used this technique to fresh up shoes (which had a bit of a pong to them) by popping them in a zip lock bag with coffee grounds. I added coffee grounds to the bottom of the bag, added in the shoes and let them sit for a few hours. I then put the whole bag in the freezer for 48 hours and the shoes lost their stink.

When you’ve finished using it: As you will have added nothing to these coffee grounds, they can be composted or added to the tops of plants in the garden.

Orange Peel Kitchen Cleaner

I clean my kitchen with white vinegar, which has a really strong smell to it! In order to mask the smell, I add in orange peels. Simply add white vinegar to a jar, and pop in about 4 citrus peels. Screw the lid on and leave for roughly two weeks before decanting into a spray bottle.

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For full instructions, follow our archived blog.

This has a double win for me, as it takes the smell away and breaks down the citrus, meaning they can be added to the compost heap. There have long been discussions about whether citrus can be added to compost heaps due to the acidity. Once they have gone through this process they can definitely be added, and will do the compost good. The added vinegar also works well as a pest deterrent.

When you’ve finished using it: Take the orange peelings out and compost these in a normal compost heap. Keep using the citrus cleaner until it’s finished.