LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The heat is what's hot on everyone's mind this week.
But did you know, something as simple as what you throw in the trash can contribute to the heat?
A couple of weeks ago, we told you about how "ugly" fruits and vegetables are contributing to the country's food waste problem.
Farmers told us they'll even leave produce in the fields to rot, if they know it's not pretty enough to sell.
Their solution to consumers: buy ugly fruits and vegetables.
Today, I learned more ways you and I can prevent food waste, and eventually, some of this heat.
It's a natural habit for most, when your fruits and veggies go bad, you throw them in the trash.
But did you know that waste, when it ends up in the landfill, can actually cause damage to the environment?
"So, it breaks down, and what it does is create methane gas. And then methane gas, along with everything else that's in the landfill, escapes through the natural process and it gets in to the atmosphere”, says Robert Hunter, the Community Outreach Director at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, or ADEQ.
"When it gets in to the atmosphere, it's very dense, and it will retain heat. It's about 84x denser and retaining than CO2. CO2 and methane are concerns we have here and across the United States and the effect on the atmosphere”, Hunter explains.
The ADEQ says there are actually quite a few things that we, the average Arkansan can do, to limit the amount of methane released in to the atmosphere.
"As a resident or homeowner, you can have your own backyard composting. It's very simple: you need organic matter and that's everything around us: newspaper, card board, food waste, yard waste”, Hunter goes on to say.
As a business owner, you could sign up for Arkansas' various corporate composting companies.
Another way, is through urban composting.
"One of the main purposes of composting is diverting the amount of waste going in to landfills. And that is something you can use in your own back yard afterwards for growing fresh produce”, explains Tom Spinnato with Heifer International.
They have partnered with Urban Food Loop to make it easier than ever for everyone to help.
"They provide little bins, and a larger one that you could keep, say in your garage, then you can drop that off over here."
Urban Food Loop will process the compost and give it back to you as a fertilizer.
For more information on creating your own compost site, visit adeq.state.ar.us, or download the ADEQ app.
To learn how to subscribe to Urban Food Loop, visit theurbanfoodloop.com.