Thanksgiving is day full of food, family, friends, and waste. “I don't like the word waste. I think we need to get rid of it. I think of these products as surpluses. We call it a waste because we just don't know what to do with it yet. But all of these things applied appropriately can turn a surplus into a money-maker,” said Matt Collogan of the Airlie Gardens. As it turns out, there are many ways we can do our part and pitch in to reduce the amount of trash on turkey day. It starts with meal prep. It can be tempting to just throw all of our food scraps down the drain, but that can be the worst thing to do. Dwayne Kincaid of Signature Plumbing said, “My theory is, if you do not eat it - do not put it down the garbage disposal. The reason for that is different garbage disposals work at different capacities, they can break down things better or worse.” A better alternative - compost it. That soggy bag of spinach, those mushy grapes - don't put them down the garbage disposal, learn how to compost at home and then you will make a valuable humus rich soil organic amendment you can put in your potting soil. If you like your turkey fried, a big problem can be what to do with leftover frying oil when you are done. Throwing it down the drain can create big clogs and major headaches, but the oil can be recycled. Eco-Collection Systems is a great place to recycle this oil in Wilmington. They turn this oil into valuable bio diesel that can power any diesel engine. If you would like to donate your used frying oil to the cause, put it back in the container you bought it in, and bring it to Eco-Collection Systems on N. Kerr Avenue.
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