Monday, December 20, 2010

Indoor Composting

Currently we are using a ice cream bucket for our compost collection. It sits on the counter, but as much as I hate to say it, it looks terrible! Plus, I have to move it when I cook/bake or when I need to store things on the counter. We have to collect it somewhere though! I've been researching countertop containers, filters and bags.



Our bucket doesn't stink, a little when it's first opened, but it is emptied every few days or as needed so I'm not concerned about the smell. I've been looking for purely cosmetic reasons only.


Here's what I found!

Composting itself is an easy thing to do, but getting all your food scraps from your kitchen to your compost bin or pile can be a bit of a chore. This large stainless steel pail allows you to collect lots of food waste in one place and take it out to your compost pile when you're ready.

Made of dishwasher safe 18/8 stainless steel, this bin holds up to one and a half gallons of material. It's fluted, polished finish makes it look nice in any kitchen, allowing you to discreetly store your unwanted and unused trimmings. Keep it next to your sink for easy access while cutting or peeling fruits and vegetables over the sink.The large size of this compost pails means fewer trips to your compost bin. Now, you can enjoy the cooking process and not worry about taking out the scraps until later.

It measures 9 inches in diameter and 10.5 inches tall (with the lid on).

This compost pail comes with two carbon filters that keep the pail odor-free. These filters only need to be changed out every few months, depending on how often you use your pail. With a sturdy, bail handle, it is easy to carry to and from your compost pile no matter how full it gets.


This pack contains two additional filters that go with the stainless steel compost pail. Filters can last for several months, depending on how long you typically keep scraps in the crock before emptying it, how much you keep inside, etc.Each filter pack includes 2 complete filters. These filters are a combination of the round and square filters that are sold separately for other compost bins. Think of them like a hamburger patty with a slice of cheese melted on. Each of the components works great on their own, but, together, they work even better. These filters offer superior control over smells and will cancel out even strong odors.

Filter size: Round: 6 3/8 inches Square: 4 5/8 inches.


These small biodegradable bags fit inside our green compost pail and stainless steel compost pail as liners. They come in a 3 gallon size.When they're full, you can throw them directly into your compost bin and they will compost along with the materials inside. The bag feels kind of like plastic, but it is actually made from corn! Although they're made from natural corn, they won't spoil on the shelf like food products. They are completely shelf stable, just like paper towels, toilet paper, and paper plates. These composting bags have no chemical additives to speed decomposition. The bags will biodegrade naturally when they come into contact with the natural elements and micro-organisms found in a compost pile.

Keep in mind that BioBags are designed for use as a composting material and they are to be returned naturally to the soil. This means that you need to expose them to plenty of oxygen so that they can biodegrade properly.If you place them in a compost bin and turn the compost regularly, this will aid in the process. Micro-organisms found in compost piles will also help to break down all biodegradable materials, including your BioBags. In "open" or "turned" landfills, BioBags will break down at about the same rate as other similarly biodegradable materials that are found in these solid waste disposal areas.

What happens when you send BioBags to an anaerobic or "air-locked" landfill? BioBags, as well as all biodegradable materials placed in these kinds of landfills, don't decompose very well. This is because they are not exposed to the oxygen and microorganisms that help break down biodegradable substances including newspapers, yard waste and kitchen waste.If you hear of a product whose manufacturer claims that it will break down rapidly in an anaerobic landfill, you should be very suspicious. These kinds of landfills simply don't allow the rates of decomposition that open air landfills and compost piles allow.When exposed to both fresh and salt water, BioBags biodegrade equally well. Studies conducted in Australia suggest that decomposition occurs in between 8-14 months. But remember: throwing any garbage into fresh water sources or the ocean can still contaminate the water, so always dispose of your Biobags properly!It's always best to place your BioBags directly in the compost pile.

More BioBag features:
1) 1 order includes 5 boxes of 25 bags per box. 125 bags total.
2) BioBag products meet the ASTM D6400 specification and are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute.
3) BioBag products meet California law SB 1749, which sets restrictions for biodegradable and compostable product claims.
4) BioBags are certified GMO Free.
5) BioBags are polyethylene free.
6) BioBags are DEN certified for restricted use of metals in the soy-based inks and dyes used.
7) BioBags unlike most plastic bags, allow heat and moisture to escape and evaporate. Because they breathe, this helps reduce the production of bacteria in the bags which can cause strong odors.
8) Complete decomposition of the BioBags averages 10-45 days in a controlled composting environment. After they decompose, they leave behind no harmful deposits.
9) When placed in a compost bin or other suitable environment, BioBags decompose at rate comparable to other naturally biodegradable materials, such as fallen leaves, paper, and organic kitchen scraps.



{This little red one is my favorite!!}

Use the 1-Gallown Norpro Ceramic Compost Crock in Red to store organic kitchen waste. Keep peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, loose tea, herbs, flowers, fruit and vegetable scraps for transfer to your garden composter. Includes a charcoal free filter in lid to keep compost odorless. Hand washing recommended. Use replacement filter #93F.

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