As of the first of this month, all Seattle businesses and residents are prohibited by law to put compostable items in the trash. Some people are upset by this and feel that it is just another way for government to control us or that it will cause an unnecessary inconvenience in our already busy lives. Wether you have been convinced that the amount of waste that the world produces every day is grotesque or not, it is my opinion that we should be doing everything we can to reduce our waste, recycle what we can and cultivate a beautiful and healthy environment to live in.
I started composting this past summer and was just using a regular trash bin to start. Once my husband and I were educated on what things could be composted and what couldn't, it really wasn't an inconvenience at all... until the fruit flies of doom. The trash bin that we were using was too large and allowed food to sit for too long before being emptied which produced smells and attracted flies. I was committed to composting but not digging the negative effects, so I set out to find the best bin for my needs. I did a lot of research and chose this one by Full Circle with a simple design that reduces odors and flies by allowing air to circulate inside. The company is also very considerate of the resources that they use in production, seeking to use recycled materials in both product and packaging.
I have been really happy with this model for five months now and like the clean, neutral color palette of the "Cool Earth" version. My favorite feature, however, is that it easily disassembles into three parts so that you can put it in the dishwasher when needed. Having another trash receptacle may seem daunting at first but I feel so much better knowing that the majority of my garbage is either being recycled or turned into rich soil for local parks and gardens. Would love to hear about your favorite bin or compost tricks in a comment or email!