Organizing Reuse/Recycling Areas in the Kitchen Is the garage located adjacent to the kitchen? Is that the ideal place for the recycling bins? How about the area under the sink? Is that area big enough for your recycling bin and/or compost bucket? Identify an area to collect recyclables, either commingled or separated.
Composting Options Backyard compost bin – Keep a bucket on the kitchen counter or under the sink for easy access. Dump regularly Empty the compost container frequently, put a piece of compostable paper in the bottom to absorb liquid and make it easier to clean Lids control pests and smells in hot weather Try freezing food waste before adding it to pile to prevent odors Worm bin – Keep under sink, in closet or pantry
Worm Bins Getting started Commercial bins available Build your own Tips Troubleshooting
Items for Reuse – To get rid of Do you have items you have been saving because they might come in useful or you are not able or willing to throw them away? Consider your local reuse center for items such as milk jug caps, ice cream pails, baby food jars with lids, etc. If the item has any value, donate it to your local thrift store.
Common Items to Save for Reuse Plastic and paper shopping bags Plastic baggies of various sizes Plastic and glass jars Plastic forks, spoons, etc. Bread bags Rubber bands, twist ties Use caution here! If you are a chronic saver/collector of “items that might come in useful”, limit yourself to only saving a set amount of items that will fit in your designated area.