I’m a big believer in composting. It pretty much meets all my criteria for a perfect activity–it takes items that would normally be trash, save them from being sent to the landfill and recycles it into organic matter that can be used in your garden for free in place of a purchased fertility supplement.
Sustainable win. Frugal win. Preparedness win. Win-Win-Win! How many things do that?
Our system for getting stuff INTO the compost bin is sort of a 3 step process. First I keep a small container or bucket in the house to toss things into as I’m cooking. That typically takes anywhere from 1 day to 4 days to fill up, at which point I dump it into the 5 gallon bucket on the back porch. When that’s full, then it’s time to rope one of the kids into carrying it back to the compost bin. Of course sometimes I chunk things right into the bucket on the porch, or sometimes when I’m processing large amounts of food for canning, freezing or drying they get taken straight out to the compost bins–but you get the idea.
I’ve been through several iterations of “compost buckets” on my kitchen counter. I’ve used a plain old bowl. I’ve used a recycled plastic tub (which always just wound up with the lid off and grossing folks out. Finally I found something that I really think works–I’ve recycled one of those containers that the “dishwasher detergent” paks come in!
It’s a decent size and it’s got a flip top lid. Plus it didn’t cost me anything (usually I don’t buy the paks but my mom does and she gave me the container). The only problem is that you can see all the stuff on the inside, and let’s face it–coffee grounds, egg shells, banana peels etc don’t exactly look lovely.
So the other day I came up with a brilliant idea! I had some left over Adhesive Paper by Duck left over from the blog post on Duck Shelf Liner. I didn’t think the zebra print or the sparkly holographic print would really go with my kitchen, so I grabbed the polka dot. A couple of minutes later and it was covered!
It’s not a perfect job, but it’s covered. It looks a whole heck of a lot better than it did! If those small wrinkles start to bother me I can just peel it off and use some more.