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Let’s be honest. Weddings are quite wasteful. All that hullabaloo for just one day.
The biggest investment in our “special day” is feeding all of our guests. As a couple, we decided to avoid the detested dry chicken breast and sad, floppy asparagus in an unidentified sauce.
Instead, we are going for food that we love and that we know our guests will love. This will hopefully lead to less food waste since everyone will be cleaning their plates and filling their bellies.
But being realistic, everything will not be eaten. There will be food waste.
I have not yet researched into whether or not it is an option to donate unused food, but for now, I do know that composting is my number one option right now.
Healthy Soil Compost is a member of the Green Wedding Alliance and also the service that picks up my household compost. Since I love supporting my bicycle powered pick up service, it only makes sense that they come and collect any leftover taco bits from our reception.
I started composting for the first time when I moved to the City.
That does not sound like it should be an accurate statement, right? But it is! You can learn more about how I started to compost in this previous post.
It wasn’t until a few months ago that I decided to start keeping track of how much food waste I was collecting in my composting bucket. To do so, I first weighed an empty bucket with my hanging scale. Then when it was time for me to put out my bucket for pick up, I would weigh it again and subtract the weight of the empty bucket, leaving me with the correct amount of weight.
August through December of 2016, I diverted 51.36 pounds of organic waste from the landfill!
That is only the measurement of me (and sometimes K) contributing for only 5 months of the year. Think of what we could do in a whole year!
My bucket and I have now been through all the seasons together. In the spring, I kept a potted plant on top of it. In the summer, the bucket smelled a bit when it was opened so I tended to do that outside. In the fall, we were happy campers, and in the winter we have already worked through some freezing and thawing cycles.
Jazzed up my bucket with a potted plant in the summer
Obviously this photo was not taken in December
Warming up inside during winter
I am so glad to have started this composting journey. Not only have I learned a lot, but everyone else around me has learned a lot whether they wanted to or not. K’s friends even ask him how the composting is going. I know it’s in jest, but at least they are talking about it!