“he who will not economize will have to agonize”
These two inconspicuous ice cream pails hold the wastefulness of my family's eating. After every meal, any food left on a plate or scraps from meal preparation are diligently placed into the chicken bucket (on the left) or the cat bucket (on the right).
With these scraps, we supplement our chickens' feed, and in return, we get fresh eggs! Nothing goes to waste, and it reduces our feed bill for our laying hens. It also gives me great satisfaction to know that we aren't creating waste and we aren't wasting food , which in my universe is a sin :-)
As for the cat bucket, those scraps feed the many barn cats that seem to migrate to our farm. Table scraps might not seem like much; a spoonful of pasta, a crust of bread, or the milk left from cereal, but they add up during the day.
Now, if you don't have chickens or other pets to feed your scraps to, you can always compost them. Other than meat, table scraps will compost really well and can be put into your garden once they have had a chance to decompose. Food scraps can be mixed with lawn clippings, leaves, or other "green" refuse to produce rich, dark soil, and it's another way of making use of those scraps instead of throwing them away.
Look at you...being all Green and Planet Friendly and all! Now you can tell your friends that you are "reducing your Carbon Footprint", and watch them be impressed :-)