I have mentioned before how one of my favorite things about living here is that this is a recycling community. It might not be earth-shattering news for folks where this is the norm, it isn’t in this country.
Separating our garbage here is pretty simple. We are only required to separate it into organics (food refuse), recyclables (glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard), and regular garbage (everything else).
The recyclables go back to the industry, the organics are vermicomposted at the farm and used for growing organic vegetables. It’s a thing of beauty.
As a life-long apartment-dweller it would be difficult for me to compost my own garbage, or even use the results. Hence my excitement.
The only problem with this arrangement is finding space for several trash bins. It’s not as big a problem as in countries where recyclables have to be separated even further, but it still is a problem in the average kitchen.
I solved it by buying this bin from Amazon. At least I thought I did.
I bought the bin before the kitchen was finished (big mistake!), and when we moved I found out the bin did not fit under the sink, it was too tall.
My simple, elegant solution was defeated.
This is our current system. Mounted on the cabinet door in front of the sink we have the Simple Human bin. This one comes with its own plastic bag storage. Since it uses smaller bags, we keep the shopping bags for it.
Under the sink a very a cheap trash bin we already had is used for regular trash. And at the bottom of another cabinet we placed a plastic basket for recyclables.
It is not as pretty a system as I envisioned, but it works for us.
Why the labels, you ask? It’s for our guests, not everyone will remember right away where things go, and its’ pretty nasty having to go digging for stuff in the garbage when I find things that don’t belong there.
Do you live in a recycling country? What is your separating system like?