Tom’s bin is overflowing with peels, vegetable scraps and other waste from cooking, but because he lives in a small apartment with no garden, he doesn’t have a compost bin. Ella lives on her own in a terrace and eats out a few nights a week, so she has a compost bin that needs feeding. It’s a match made in heaven! Enter the Tinder of food waste, sharewaste.com.
Why should I bother?
Making sure your veggie scraps don’t go into landfill sounds trivial until you hear that food waste is responsible for 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2010. Australians are particularly bad – we throw away up to 20% of the food we buy! And that’s not even counting the 20 to 40% of the fruit and veggies that are rejected before they even reach our shelves. A massive 1 in 3 kilograms of food is wasted across the country. Our latest audit also showed that food waste was still the largest contributor to landfill from domestic garbage at around 35%.
How do I use it?
All you have to do is sign up and follow the instructions (you can download apps for iOS and Android too). A map will bring up everyone in your area that has a compost bin. People in the neighbourhood looking to make a deposit can check the map and send a message when they’re ready to bring over their organic waste.
The completely non-profit initiative was set up by a couple from Newtown, Tomáš and Eliska. Says co-founder Tom, ‘ShareWaste is a free service. And it’s not only about composting, but also about connecting with your neighbours and getting to know your community better.’