Keeping Food Scraps Out Of The Trash

I love when an easy solution to a household problem is a green one. Recently a friend decided to start collecting kitchen scraps because they were growing mold in her trash can and attracting fruit flies. Not fun. She found herself having to take the trash out more often or she'd come home to a smelly kitchen.

We're lucky to both live near a compost collection site, so now she's storing her scraps in tupperware containers in the freezer and dropping them off when they're full.

Scrap Storage Tips I've Learned Along the Way:
• Chop kitchen scraps into 1-3″ pieces; they take up less space, and decompose faster.
• Storing items in the freezer or refrigerator helps reduce odors, as does placing shredded newspaper at the bottom of the storage container.

Have you had a similar experience? Do you collect kitchen scraps for compost, and if you do, why did you start?

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