Public landfill in Dominican Republic - Distrito Nacional © ALTITUDE/Arthus-Bertrand Yann
Make your compost
Organic waste, peel, cores, leftover food, coffee grounds can also be reused to make compost. It is easy to create one in your garden and the technique is well-known among gardners. You just need to placethe organic waste in heaps on the ground or in a compost bin until they make humus.
If you live in a flat, you can ask your city council or your lessor to install a collective compost bin. Otherwise, there are small worm bins (boxes in which the worms that do the composting) that you can install at home or on the balcony.
Each French person produces an average of 1 kilo of waste a day.
At home, waste accumulates very fast without our realising. In 1960, a French person produced 180 kg of household wastede. In 2006, this figure practically doubled and went up to 354 kg of household waste. That is almost one kilo a day per person. It’s a long list ; wrapping, disposable products, razors, personal hygiene products, leftover food and so on. We have gradually gotten used to sorting what can be recycled from the rest. 70 kg of these 350 kg could be composted.
Reducing waste firstly means reducing it at the source, especially because wrapping alone accounts for a third of the weight of our bins and half their volume. The best thing is of course to not produce waste so why not favour unpackaged products or large amounts rather than those packaged individually?