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Any problem with storing compost in a sealed container for several weeks? Alternatives?

When you seal everything airtight the contents of your bin will start to decompose anaerobically. There are no big problems with this, but there are a few downsides: anaerobic decomposition is slower ...
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Fruit peels as alternative to store-bought fertilizer?

Like all organic matter banana peels can simply be buried & allowed to compost in place. My grandmother preferred this method to piles & just dug a new, small hole every day- one beside the ...
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Why is composting of food waste "better" than burning it?

Composting has many benefits beyond dealing with waste The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists several benefits of composting: Compost reduces and in some cases eliminates the need for ...
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Using other peoples resources for basic living

It's reasonable to say that a lifestyle can still be sustainable even if not everybody could live that way. It's like filling a niche in an ecosystem. Obviously we can't all eat discarded/excess meals,...
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How food producers calculate "best before" date?

As this reference states, Shelf life depends on the degradation mechanism of the specific product. Most can be influenced by several factors: exposure to light, heat, moisture, transmission of ...
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Fruit peels as alternative to store-bought fertilizer?

We used to throw away our banana peels and all other fruit and vegetable peels in our veggie patch, but they take a long time to decompose and also invite snails. Especially the orange peels, which ...
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Can I give fruit syrup and soda syrup to birds in winter?

From many references, e.g. this good one, The best foods to offer birds in colder weather have a high fat or oil content that will provide abundant energy for winter survival. Nutritious winter ...
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Is cheese wax compostable?

Cheese wax is made mostly of paraffin, which is petroleum-based, so it is not compostable.
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How can a purely vegan diet be the most sustainable?

What to do with waste products, if not feed them to animals? Organic (of or relating to an organism) waste products all compost and if you want everyone in the world to live on grains and vegetables ...
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How to recycle almond shells?

They compost slowly even by the standards of my undersized compost bins. But the big lumps can always go back in for another go. If you have access to a garden shredder, put them through that first. ...
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Fruit peels as alternative to store-bought fertilizer?

There's nothing particularly magic about banana peels compared to other peels. But if you're putting these in the garbage, you totally should stop doing that and use them in your garden. Cutting up ...
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Using other peoples resources for basic living

No, it's not sustainable. As per your comment, you're not doing anything economically productive, but you are consuming goods and services. It doesn't matter that those goods and services are free to ...
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How food producers calculate "best before" date?

The date is determined by local\federal law based on all of the reasons listed above. It seems Water normally only has a two year best by date. If properly stored that 2 year shelf life on water can ...
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Sustainability of waste incineration vs biofuel/biogas?

I can only answer regarding the actual plant. If food wastes need to be trucked all around Sweden when the incinerator is down the road, the picture may be different. Biogasification of food wastes, ...
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Is it better to dispose of food scraps with a garbage disposal unit or into the garbage?

If you find that certain foods are contributing to a lot of "scraps," try googling that specific item to find if there is an alternate use for them. If there is none, and you can't find a creative ...
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How could I use egg yolk from boiled eggs?

I assume you are already putting some or all of the egg shell in with your plants. I looked around and using egg yolk as a fertilizer has several issues. If you have an outdoor compost pile you could ...
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Is cheese wax compostable?

Babybel wax is made of a blend of paraffin and microcrystalline waxes and colouring. This paper seems to say that paraffin waxes are biodegradable, but I only have access to the abstract: The wax ...
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What do developed nations do with organic municipal waste?

I don't know that any nation has a uniform system of domestic waste collection and processing/disposal. Waste collection and disposal systems are usually determined by municipal councils, either ...
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What are the ecological effects of buying "imperfect produce"?

The “it would go to waste” is often a marketing gimmick. Much of that produce would be sold anyway or it would be used for juice, purée, etc. where the end user doesn’t see the “ugliness” anyway. To ...
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What are the ecological effects of buying "imperfect produce"?

The quantity of imperfect produce that never makes it to market is staggering. This is a huge opportunity for enterprising individuals who are able to recognize how much money can be made by simply ...
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What percentage of waste food is turned into electricity and/or biogas?

Any organic material decomposing in a anaerobic or near anaerobic situation will produce methane. I question your assumption that the source in landfills is mostly food in origin from individuals. ...
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Any problem with storing compost in a sealed container for several weeks? Alternatives?

I can't imagine this will cause you any problems. The only difference is the anaerobic (no oxygen) bacteria will be doing more work in your sealed container instead of aerobic bacteria (requiring ...
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Using other peoples resources for basic living

There's a term used which may apply to such a lifestyle: freeganism. From Wikipedia: Freeganism is a practice and ideology of limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption ...
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Using other peoples resources for basic living

I wouldn't focus on negative answers... It's ALL POSSIBLE! Yes it is sustainable... At least for one person as well as you are doing already, dealing with unconscious waste. MAYBE it will be ...
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Fruit peels as alternative to store-bought fertilizer?

I have added banana peel to my garden compost bin in the past but how quickly they break down depends on the climate. Here in Northern England our weather is generally fairly cool so the banana peel ...
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