Food Scrap Waste Bins At SeaTac Airport – Too Hectic To Use? Too Soon?

Food scrap recycling bins at SeaTac Airport.We recently went on a trip that took us through SeaTac Airport just outside Seattle. The kids had a blast doing kid things on the trip but my highlight was the food scrap bins in the airport. Food waste from restaurants is a significant contributor to the waste stream and creating ways to separate and recycle it is important. Here are the waste disposal options at SeaTac:

  1. Recycle: plastic bottles, cans, mixed paper etc.
  2. Food scraps: fruits, vegetables, french fries etc
  3. Trash: landfill bound.

Rather than dumping all of our food and food related trash into the landfill bound bin, to become future-methane, we now have the ability to divert our food waste to be recycled and turned into compost.

Unfortunately, as I trash-stalked, not a single person used the food scrap bins correctly. Some did recycle their plastic bottles and aluminum cans but most carelessly dumped all over their trash into the nearest of the 3 bins. The food scrap and aluminum/plastic recycling bins were basically the 2nd and 3rd trash cans.

Hopefully we’ll see more separate bins for recycling / food / trash in public places and people get used to the idea of separating their trash. Due to the inherent chaos of the airport, it might not have been the best place to install food scrap bins but then again, maybe the idea will strike a nerve with a few travelers who’ll bring it to their local airport and restaurants.

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Hachikyo Restaurant In Northern Japan Fines Customers Who Don’t Eat Everything In Their Bowl.

Hachikyo Restaurant Sapporo JapanAmazing! Hachikyo restaurant in Sapporo Japan has a signature dish, tsukko meshi or salmon roe on rice, and if you order it and don’t eat your entire meal – you have to make a donation.

Rules for eating tsukko meshi at Hachikyo Restaurant.

Rules for eating tsukko meshi at Hachikyo Restaurant.

From RocketNews 24:

“According to the explanation in the menu, the working conditions for fishermen are harsh and so dangerous that it’s not unknown for lives to be lost. To show our gratitude and appreciation for the food they provide, it is forbidden to leave even one grain of rice in your bowl. Customers who do not finish their tsukko meshi must give a donation.”

We need to port this idea stateside. Have you ever been to a Vegas buffet and seen the amount of food thrown out? Even closer to home, have lunch at your kid’s school and check out the amount of uneaten food that gets tossed. It’s mind numbing.

The way the Hachikyo restaurant limits food waste is by bringing their customers closer to the fisherman that catch their food. And taking it further, staff members at the restaurant are trained to appreciate what they’re serving by working on the fishing boats.

Maybe every restaurant should have a trash monitor or servers that reward customers for eating all of their food. For more information on food waste, check out Jonathan Bloom’s WastedFood.com. [RocketNews 24]

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United Nation’s Think.Eat.Save Campaign To Reduce Food Waste.

Mound of wasted food.The Think.Eat.Save campaign wants to make it easy for people to reduce the amount of food they throw out. With the help of the NRDC and WRAP UK, Think.Eat.Save compiled a list of tips we can follow immediately to reduce food waste. Here are some to help you get started:

  1. Shop Smart — plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items.
  2. Understand Expiration Dates — in the US, “sell-by” and “use-by” dates are not federally regulated and do not indicate safety, except on certain baby foods. Rather, they are manufacturer suggestions for peak quality. Most foods can be safely consumed well after their use-by dates.
  3. Zero Down Your Fridge — eat food that is already in your fridge before buying more or making something new, which will save time and money.
  4. Say Freeze and Use Your Freezer — frozen foods remain safe indefinitely. Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you won’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad.
  5. Request Smaller Portions — restaurants will often provide half-portions upon request at reduced prices.
  6. Love Leftovers – tonight’s leftover chicken roast can be part of tomorrow’s sandwich. Very few of us take leftovers home from restaurants. Don’t be embarrassed to do so!

Worldwide, over 1/3 of all food produced is not consumed. And the waste isn’t limited to tossed food; it’s also a massive waste of land, energy and water necessary to produce and deliver the 1.2+ billion tons of food we throw out. [Guardian]

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Juicer-Pulp Fritter Recipe.

Juicer with juicer pulpRecently, a friend of ours loaned us their juicer. When we went to set it up, we noticed the large pulp catcher and hesitated about juicing. What do we do with all that pulp? We could compost it but juicer-pulp is made up of normally edible food and we didn’t want to waste it. In the end, Jubbling juice-blocked us and we used our blender instead. Then I read about the juicer-pulp fritter recipe and I think we’re going to give the juicer another try.

The 20 minute juicer-pulp fritter recipe was submitted by Aylin on Glow Kitchen and here are the details:

Ingredients (6-8 patties):

  • 2 cups juice pulp (kale, carrots, chard)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Juicer-pulp fritter ingredients
Instructions: Mix until all of the ingredients are combined and then form them into patties. Place the patties in a greased saucepan over medium heat and cook each side 2-3 minutes.

Juicer-pulb fritters cooking.

In the GK article, the author suggests eating your juicer-pulp fritters in a sandwich or crumbled over a salad. When we try the recipe, we’ll probably add an egg to help hold the patties together.

A quick Google search will net you quite a few recipes for juicer-pulp. A nice bonus of the juicer-pulp fritter recipe is that you can feed your whole family with it: parents get the juice, kids (and pets) get the fritters. [Glow Kitchen via Ecorazzi]

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Wasted Food: Lose Weight By Pumping Food Right Out Your Stomach With The AspireAssist™.

The AspireAssist from Aspire BariatricsIt’s the AspireAssist™ weight loss solution and it works by pumping the predigested food out of your stomach which you then replace with self-pumped in water. During a yearlong European trial, 24 patients lost an average of 45 pounds by puking out of their stomachs using the AspireAssist™. The AspireAssist™ was invented by Dean Kamen – the inventor of the Segway.

After reading about the AspireAssist™ and watching the video, I did some thinking and came up with two positive features of the product:

  1. It’s not FDA approved.
  2. With the mainline to your stomach, you can get drunk on some skunky liquor without actually tasting it.

AspireAssist™ – please be another eagle snatches kid or Rayfish Footwear hoax.

In food waste news… according to the IME:

“Due to poor practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, as well as market and consumer wastage, it is estimated that 30–50% (or 1.2–2 billion tonnes) of all food produced never reaches a human stomach.”

Thanks to the AspireAssist™, the IME report may have to change stomach to intestines. [Gizmodo and Mashable]

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Jubbling Should Not Be A Crime: Kentucky Restaurant Closed Down After Rolling In The Roadkill.

Red Flower Chinese RestaurantThe Red Flower Chinese Restaurant really screwed up by rolling some freshly road-killed deer through their front door. Pretty amateur if you ask me. One patron’s take:

“There was this tail, a big, white, fuzzy, tail. A leg was sticking out of the garbage can. One of the other employees was mopping up blood that was dripping out of the garbage and on to the floor.”

From the video, you know what the restaurant did is beyond sketchy when a Kentucky Environmental Health Inspector says it’s the craziest thing he’s ever seen.

Now Jubbling is a huge proponent of limiting food waste but we don’t recommend eating roadkill. If you’re cool with it and you find a newly departed opossum (possum-nuggets?) on the side of the road, bring it in through the back door and not the front. No sense in attracting a lot of pre-meal attention to your discovery and soon-to-be family dinner. [Consumerist]

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