Ever wonder what happens to FareShare’s food waste – the scraps we can’t use such as vegetable peelings, eggshells and bones?
Rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted comes with an important responsibility not to waste food ourselves.
That’s where our unlikely relationship with hippos, pugs and pigs begins. Twice a week we send our food scraps to Melbourne Zoo which has a sophisticated composting system.
The zoo collects ‘zoo poo’ from animals like these pygmy hippos, together with green waste and food waste. It then loads it into in a futuristic contraption called Hot Rot.
The machine aerates the unusual mix of ingredients for 14 days by which time it has formed into garden-ready compost. It is then bagged up and packaged as Zoo Gro where it is sold in Melbourne nurseries.
One day, we may even use it to grow our own vegetables in FareShare Kitchen Gardens.
We also send green waste to Collingwood Children’s Farm where the choice bits are fed to pigs and the remainder composted.
Finally, we share some of our meat scraps and bones, and other products that we can’t cook with, with animal rescue charities such as Pug Rescue and Adoption and Koolie Rescue.