Look! Food Scrap Recycling

Look! Food Scrap Recycling

Stephanie Kinnear
Aug 22, 2007

This green pail was on our doorstep when we got home from work yesterday. And it made us love Berkeley even more than we already do.

It's a food scrap recycling pail. A free one -- courtesy of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority's StopWaste program.

We're thrilled! Food scrap recycling is an awesome, green alternative for those who don't want to compost on their own ... or for those who simply don't have the room for it. This pail easily fits under our sink.

And the directions make it all sound very simple.
• Put food scraps and food soiled paper products in the pail.
• Empty the pail into your yard waste receptacle.
• Put the receptacle on the curb on trash pickup day.

Oh yeah. We also got a bag of free compost!

But, back to food scraps. We've noticed some grumbling in the comments about other recycling programs across the country (as in they don't accept much).

So we have two questions:
Do you recycle your food scraps through a city (or county) run program? And, if you do, what do you collect your kitchen scraps in? Our new green bucket is great, but we're sure there are plenty of other alternatives out there.

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