Happy holiday season from Bay Disposal & Recycling!

Each week we bring you tips and tricks for saving the world. This week we’re here to help you safely and responsibly dispose of meat byproducts such as food scraps, bones, bacon grease, and oil/veggies that were cooked with meat. If you haven’t yet cleaned up after that holiday meal, now’s the time to do it right.

Let’s get Creative.

Feeding Time: Whether you have dogs, cats, or pigs, chances are they’ll love to chow down on your leftovers and scraps. Bones are a point of contention, however—dogs are prone to choking on them, or there’s always the danger of an internal organ being punctured by a sharp, splintery shard.

If you live out in a more rural area like Corolla or on the Peninsula, you may be able to toss or bury bones and such out by the edge of your property. For our customers and friends who live in more urban areas like Norfolk and Hampton, this solution may not work as well.

If feeding your pup bones or inviting the local wildlife over for dinner makes you nervous, don’t fret! There are plenty of other sustainable methods to responsibly dispose of those pesky meaty items.

Bone Meal: You’d be surprised at what you can reuse in your favorite recipes. You’ve probably heard that bones are useful in soups as broth, but you may not realize the extent to which your food scraps can be reused.

  • Bones can be soaked in vinegar to soften them, or boiled or baked to yield highly flavorful and nutritious bone broth (popular amongst the paleolithic and ketogenic crowds)—or to be used in soups.
    • Once softened, the bones can be safely fed to pets.
  • Grease from bacon, beef, or chicken can be saved and used to cook asparagus, green beans, burgers, steak, and other foods.
    • Bonus: this will lend an unbelievable extra dimension of flavor to your old recipes!
  • Innards & organs can also be used for soup stock and broth, or ground into a fertilizer and then added to your compost.
    • A lot of folks don’t add meat products to their compost, so it’s up to you whether to try it out.

And Remember … 

  • 50 years ago, how would this have been used?
    • Very little was thrown away back then. We could learn a lot from that mentality, since America is the biggest food waster in the world.
  • The freezer is your friend. This modern invention is a game changer, allowing the freedom to save for later what you’re not ready to eat or reuse now.
    • Try old glass jars, ziplock bags, or ice cube trays for convenient freezer storage solutions.

For more tips on reusing and recycling food scraps and more, check out LifeYourWay, a personal blog with tons of great ideas on saving the planet, one step at a time.