This week’s Do One Thing is about both recycling and composting. Almost every site that sells items dedicated to helping you “go green” has them for sale – those $50+ composting pails that sit on your kitchen counter. These are designed to hold your scraps until you get a chance to bring them outside to the compost bin, and they are either metal or ceramic and have charcoal filters on top to keep the smells down. Well, what if I told you that you don’t need to waste your money on these things and instead can use something that most of us have gotten for free many times over? We have been using several plastic yogurt tubs for our table scraps, which are stored in the freezer until full and then taken outside. I dump the frozen scraps into the composting bin and then put the empty container back in the freezer to be filled again.
By recycling the plastic containers and not buying a new pail dedicated to holding food scraps, we have reduced our need for yet another product to take up space in the house and reused some plastic that otherwise would have gone to the recycling bin. So before you pick one up for your table scraps, see if you have some plastic tubs you can store in the freezer instead – they are free and there is no smell at all!