Around here, food is very seldom thrown out. It just goes down the food chain. If we have some food left over most times we can give it to the chickens and ducks. This ranges from stale bread to chicken carcasses. The later they will pick clean just leaving a few bones. If the food is spoiled, we put it out in the compost heap. Besides soiled food, coffee grounds, egg shells, food scraps all go into the compost bin. Over a year’s time, the compost bin will accumulate about a ton of rich, black compost ready for the garden. The cycle of life, it is very “green” but we do it because it just makes good sense.