We've just moved to Berkeley, California, where the city runs a fantastic food waste recycling (that is, composting) program. Stephanie blogged about the little green bin that showed up on her doorstep about a year ago... and while it might not be the prettiest thing, it's earned a spot on our kitchen counter. The lid snaps on tight—no odors seep out. But the best thing is that the city will pick up just about any kind of food waste you can generate, including:
- meat scraps
- food-soiled paper
- paper towels
The only thing they don't want is liquids.
We've got a compost bin going in the yard for yard waste, but most of our kitchen food waste is going into the green bin because it's so convenient. We can't believe how much less recycling and trash we generate... and we even feel a teensy bit better about our paper towel habit. (We're getting better, we swear!)
The details on Berkeley's program are available online... if you're the political type, or even if you're not, this is worth getting started in your city or town.