Sunday, 17 April 2011

Apartment composting - Part II

To compliment our new composter that now sits on our balcony, we wanted to get a small kitchen pail or pot that we could put scraps in before taking them out to the balcony.  We looked online to get some ideas and fell in love with the little white crock-styled compost collector to the left.  Note that this container is not designed to actually compost (or, if it is, it's only going to make a couple cups of compost), but to act as a place to put your scraps while you're cooking or preparing your food so you don't have to keep running outside.  This particular style appealed to us because it is aesthetically pleasing enough that we can just set it on our countertop (if we were going to put it under the sink I can guarantee you we would not consider spending more than a few bucks for it), AND it is dishwasher safe, so the goo from the scraps would be easily washed out.

Despite the fact that we really liked this crock-styled container, I still wanted to look on Craigslist to see if there was something that we could get second-hand, because we try to buy everything second-hand.  Naturally, there were many many second hand Diaper Dumpers on Craigslist, but nothing for compost.  So Tim and I discussed what we should do and we came to the conclusion that despite the fact that we really liked this crock collector, we would just get a large plain jar from Superstore.

So this morning I went to do our grocery shopping and went into the kitchen section of Superstore, and what did I find?  A Presidents Choice (Superstore's brand) version exactly like the one we had considered buying!  And despite the fact I bought it new, all of the packaging is recyclable, it is great quality, and it will never outlive it's usefulness, as we're never going to stop composting, so I believe it was a good move.  The composter crock has taken it's rightful place on our kitchen counter and has already received many scraps!
And by the way, if you don't compost already, I highly recommend embracing it.  It significantly cuts back on the amount of refuse going into landfills, it's really not that hard, and there are so many options available that address any concerns you may have (time, temperature, indoor/outdoor, worms, bokashi, etc.).  If you have any questions, not that I'm an expert, but I would be happy to try and help or find you the resources you need, please contact me.

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