Wednesday, November 3, 2010
If you're a food professional, a home cook or are just passionate about food then you should be just as passionate about recycling. The two go hand in hand.
Recycling has reached crisis proportion in Italy, particularly in Naples and the entire Campania region. In classic Italian style the issue is only being addressed now that it has become a critical issue. But at least it's being addressed.
Flavor of Italy is located in the Rome province and the various towns within this province are all approaching the recycling issue differently. For the most part towns have recycling bins along the side of the road for residents to use, but this has not proven to be the most effective recycling approach.......and it's unsightly. The mayor of San Francisco CA has invited Rome's mayor Alemanno to visit San Francisco and see first hand how one of the world's best recycling programs functions. The invitation was extended close to a year ago and the visit has yet to be made.
Recycling Problems Exist Worldwide....
New York USA...............................Naples Italy
The fact is that very few people really understand what items should go into what bin, in part because it's not always clear. For example, shredded paper should not go into the paper bin. Honestly I can't say I know why myself and I follow the recycling issue pretty carefully. While experience has shown that recycling with roadside bins doesn't really work, what has been proven to work is door to door collection. In most countries that means plastic collection one day, glass another, etc. This allows for individual accountability, residence by residence, and correction where improper recycling is taking place.
A few recycling tips:
*Try to purchase foods with as little packaging as possible. Usually this means you are purchasing fresh, local and sustainable foods. Take your own shopping bags and containers to the market.
*Take the time to understand what items should be recycled in what container. It's not always as straightforward as it seems. (Case in point, shredded paper).
*Reduce and reuse. The part of the vegetables you don't consume might make a great broth....or at the very least a good compost for your garden.
Contaminated items (greasy packaging or packaging with food particles): don't discard it! Throw it in the dishwasher and de-contaminate it.
Posted by Flavor of Italy at 11:52 AM