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Posted on: February 21, 2022

High School Junior Encourages Food Scrap Collection

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High School Junior Encourages Food Scrap Collection

Have you ever thought about food scrap recycling? Maybe it’s never even crossed your mind! Either way, I highly recommend beginning to collect food scraps within your household! It is a simple way to make a positive environmental impact and requires minimal effort.

We’re all busy, I would know, as a junior in high school, but I can tell you firsthand that if your schedule is what is stopping you from recycling food scraps, you should not be at all worried. To get started, buy a food scrap recycling starter kit directly from your municipal recycling facility. All you have to do is put food scraps (that you would normally throw away anyway) into the starter kit countertop bin. Once you’ve collected enough food scraps to fill the bin, you can simply drop them off at your municipal recycling facility! Not at all a hassle.

While I had been interested in food scrap recycling for a while already, it took my mom’s enthusiasm for me to decide that it was something I really wanted to do. I can say without hesitation that I have no regrets (and I’m sure my parents would agree). It has been a family effort, so nobody has had to take on more than what they can handle.

It is difficult to describe the feeling that food scrap recycling has given me. I suppose it is somewhat a feeling of pride, knowing that I have played a role, however small, to ensure that our community is as sustainable as it can be. Everything that is composted is turned into nutrient-rich soil, which will be used for landscaping and producing more food! With each banana peel, I feel a sense of satisfaction, knowing that I am contributing in any small way I can. But of course, this is just some Food for Thought.

Painting by Annissa Tan, Mamaroneck High School Junior

by Sofia Rosenbaum, Mamaroneck High School Junior

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