We asked Kristie from Blakeview to share some tips to make it easy to get your food scraps into the green bin, and why it’s important.
“I used to worry that people would think all my ‘house rules’ about recycling made me a bit of a ‘nerd,'” says Kristie. “But I’m actually ok with being a nerd, because I know our family has a positive impact on the environment – which makes me feel pretty good.”
The reason Kristie is keen to get any food scraps, or organic matter for that matter, into the green bin is because they will go on to be composted into a rich resource for our soil. Food scraps put into the red bin are lost to landfill.
“I’ve found the easier you make your kitchen bin system, the more likely you are to dispose of food scraps the right way.” Kristie says.
If we all do our bit, we can make a real difference.
In line with making it simple, Kristie’s kitchen caddy now lives under the sink.
“The benefits of having all of our ‘waste’ bins in one space were immediate,” says Kristie. “The sink is the ‘go to’ for all of our rubbish, and if one of the kids opens the sink cupboard to throw an apple core away, there’s no excuse for it not to go into the caddy – it’s right there, next to the general rubbish bin.”
As the caddy is portable and has a handle, it’s also easy to move to the counter when doing food prep.
The most important thing is to just get those food scraps into the green bin instead of the red. If you don’t have a green bin, it can go into a home compost, worm farm, or be donated to someone with chooks.
“If we all do our bit, we can make a real difference.”