Stop Sending Food to the Landfill

by Sarah Brooks May 03, 2020

Stop Sending Food to the Landfill

Did you know that there are several organic food items that can easily be reused, regrown and refilled as well?


There are a variety of vegetables that will regrow simply by placing them root side down in the water. Water should be changed regularly (every day or two) and should cover just the roots of the vegetable, approximately ½ an inch of water is sufficient according to

Place the vegetable root in an appropriately sized and shaped container along with water in sunlight and in a few days, you should see some regrowth.

Some of the most popular vegetables to regrow in just water include:

  • Celery
  • Cabbage
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Garlic Chives
  • Fennel
  • Green onion
  • Lemon Grass
  • Leeks

There are also several fruits and vegetables that can be regrown when seeds are planted in soil or after roots are encouraged in water. It is a good idea to speak to your local garden centre for extra tips and tricks for encouraging the regrowth of food scraps as some are a little more complicated than others.

The most common way of reusing food waste is to compost, if your city offers Green boxes this can be done easily with your weekly or bi-weekly curbside pickup. The City of Toronto provides the following list as items that can be added to your green bin:

Food Waste

  • Fruits, vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, fish products (including bones)
  • Pasta, bread, cereals, rice
  • Dairy products, eggs and shells
  • Cake, cookies, candy, nuts

These items are then turned into nutrient-dense compost used to fertilize the soil or it can be made into energy.

Another option is to create your own Composting bin on your property. Instructions for building your own can be found with a simple Google search and will allow you to build a system that works best for your lifestyle.

We hope that after reading this you will feel encouraged and inspired to try regrowing or reusing some of your food waste to make our planet and your wallet a little healthier.

Remember before working with food to start with a clean surface OneTab All Purpose Cleaner or OneTab Antibacterial cleaner can provide a clean and bacteria-free surface you can feel good about. 


Sarah Brooks
Sarah Brooks


Promoter of clean homes and sustainable resources. I have been a Business Development Rep for close to 20 years and enjoy assisting my customers in finding products that are right for them. It is always my goal to have everyone at the table feel comfortable and satisfied with their buying choices.

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