Sustainable Living Center Oregon
The Food Waste Problem
The Sustainable Living Research Center in Lincoln City is starting a program to impact the Food Waste Problem of Lincoln County, even Crab Shells.
U.S. consumers waste up to 50 percent more food than Americans did in the 1970s, according to National Institutes of Health. If you’re assuming restaurants and farming are the sole culprits of food and agricultural waste, consider that a U.S. family of four discards around $1,500 a year on food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that 40 percent of all food in this country is never eaten.
The environmental impact is huge: food waste, which is the single largest component going into municipal landfills, quickly generates methane, helping to make landfills the third largest source of methane in the United States.
A possible answer is the EZ Garbage Gobbler
Place the EZ Garbage Gobbler where it is easy for you to use but out of direct sunlight and away from any heaters. It is going to work best if kept indoors at ambient temperature. It can be in a closet, in the laundry room, or in the kitchen. If you live where the temperature is warm year around, you can keep it outdoors but keep it out of the direct sunlight. The UV rays will kill microbes.
The EZ Garbage Gobbler uses a fermentation process. It is often referred to as a type of ‘composting’ but it is not. The fermentation stage results i two different products: a liquid and a solid. The fermented waste end product after the soil microbes have finished the process is far richer in organic content and nutrients. In the process no greenhouse gases were produced and no heat was generated which is quite the opposite from composting where many polluting gases and heat were allowed to escape to the atmosphere. Composting reduces the mass of material by more then 50%. Fermentation leaves the mass of material virtually unchanged. The moisture content for fermented end product is much higher so this soil does not desiccate (dry) the soil as does compost. The organic nutrients in the soil after fermentation are not as water soluble as are the nutrients derived from composting (by oxidation) and are therefore less prone to leaching away with watering and run-off after rains.
Many people like using the EZ Garbage Gobbler because it is very easy, and no bad odors, but it does have an odor. it is a vinegar\yeast smell.
Unlike composting, no measurable gases are being produced and you will not notice any bad odors. It is perfectly safe to operate in the home, under the sink.. No methane gas is produced.
All that is needed is a EZ Garbage Gobbler, our special EM-Dust, which is wheat bran treated with ‘Effective Microbes’ (EM) and of course, table scraps.
Any type of fresh food waste can go into the EZ Garbage Gobbler. No rotten food.
If you are familiar with normal composting, you will know that there are some materials not recommended for a compost pile – namely meats, oily foods and dairy. With the EZ Garbage Gobbler method there is no limit, as long as it is an organic product, no plastic.
What you are doing is turning your kitchen scraps into pickled kitchen scraps. At the end of the process the food looks just like it did when it went into the system, except it’s pickled. An orange looks like an orange, and an apple looks like an apple.
It is a two bucket system, one inside the other. The top bucket has holes in it to allow any liquid to drain into the bottom bucket. The liquid is called leachate.
The key component of a successful EZ Garbage Gobbler is the EM-Dust and fresh food waste.
If the food waste has gone bad, for example smell rotten, black mold etc. it will not work. It will have “bad” microorganisms in it.
The EM-Dust consists of material inoculated with a special mixture of microbes, variously referred to as ‘effective microorganisms’, ‘friendly microorganisms’, or ‘efficient microorganisms’. These microorganism will caused “white” mold to grow on the food waste.
Once you have the table scraps, Gobbler and EM-Dust you are ready to get started.
Place your table scraps into your bucket, make a 2” layer. Cut the table scraps into small pieces. The smaller the pieces the better the fermentation stage works. Sprinkle a handful of EM-Dust over top and seal it – that’s it!
Continue doing this until you’ve filled the bucket completely. You may want to use a heavy plate of some sort to help press down the materials in the bucket. This will force the air out. Air will cause the bucket to smell bad – get the air out.
Simply press the food down each time then put the lid on the bucket.
If a batch develops a strong putrid smell, it usually it means the bucket contains too large of table scraps, too much liquid or not enough dust. The leachate (EM-liquid) will accumulate in the bottom bucket. If your table scraps are fruit like apples, excess EM liquid will need to be drained.
It is typically recommend using the EM liquid within a few hours of collecting it. If you store it for longer than a day or two it will go off – you will tell by the foul smell. If you have more EM liquid than you can use you have a few options
It may take a week or more if you are just starting getting any EM-liquid. Once it begins to form, you will usually collect some every few days. It depends on what is being put in the Kitchen Garbage Gobbler if you are getting very little liquid it is ok.
The EM-liquid removed is loaded with microbes and nutrients. If you dilute the liquid 1 teaspoon of juice with 2-3 liters of water and then use it to water your indoor or outdoor plants, they will get the benefit of the nutrients and microbes. The plants should show in short order improved blooms and growth.
Some dilution rates for your EM-Liquid.
1:100 for lawns and gardens (This includes vegetable gardens)
1:300 for house pot plants.
1:500 for cacti and other succulents.
1:1000 for any sensitive plants.
EM-Liquid is a very useful by-product of EZ Garbage Gobbler, and it takes no extra work to produce. The primary use for EM-Liquid is for feeding plants by adding it to the soil. Getting the microbes down to the root level of the plants produces amazing results for plant growth, health and vitality. Simply put, plant roots thrive on them. Compost tea i different, it is fertilizer, and can be used as a spray or a soil additive. Compost tea differs from EM-Liquid in its microbial makeup.
Because the system is completely sealed no mice, rats, cockroaches, or other pests will be attracted to the fermenting organic waste. You will not be bothered by fruit flies or any other insects coming to the waste material.
There is no cost, but a $20 refundable deposit is required. This is to prevent the Gobblers from ending in the landfill When the Kitchen Garbage Gobbler is returned, the $20 is refunded. You can terminate at any time.
If the deposit is a burden, we have sponsors who will make the deposit for you. We are interested in active environmentally volunteers, not deposits.
If you bring your full machine to our location you will receive a clean Kitchen Garbage Gobblers as well as your free EM-Dust..
When you bring your EZ Garbage Gobbler to the Sustainable Center, you will be given a clean EZ Garbage Gobbler and more EM-Dust. The fermenting table scraps from your EZ Garbage Gobbler will be feed to our chickens.