Getting Started

All you need to start food scrapping is a container of suitable size, preferably with a lid.  It can be left out on your kitchen counter, although if do not take your food scraps to the collection bin frequently you may want to store it in your refrigerator, especially during the warmer summer months.  Use a loose fitting lid or one with ventilation holes to prevent acrid odors caused by anaerobic bacteria.  Even a loose piece of cling film will keep the fruit flies at bay.  You can use a plastic liner to make lifting out the food waste easier, but be sure not to add the plastic into the collection bin.

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Good News!  We distributed more than 500 free Sure-Close Indoor Foodscrap Collection Container, shown below, to  Morningside Gardens residents in June.  (If you did not receive one, they are still available in the MHHC Office in Building III.  They hold almost 2 gallons, and can fit under the sink, or be placed on a counter.  Full details can be found here, and a list of its features here.   To see a YouTube video showing Sure-Close features go to http://youtu.be/3cpqU_pwEuQ.

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If you want a smaller container because you generate less food scraps, or want a bin in keeping with your kitchen’s style, there are also many commercial options available.  Look for one with ventilation holes in the lid.  Some  have vents in the bottom as well to create passive air flow.  Activated charcoal filters are fitted to some models to absorb odors.  There are containers which actively compost food scraps right in your kitchen, which are more complicated setups and also more expensive.  All you need is a simple collection bin that suits your style and needs, since the composting takes place elsewhere.  While we do not specifically endorse specific brands of bins, the ones below have features you may consider worthwhile;

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The Full Circle Fresh Air Kitchen Compost Collector above has vents in the base, which promotes passive ventilation through the lid’s top rim to reduce odors.  While it does not have a charcoal filter, it does have a liner bag holder ring under the lid.

Chef’n EcoCrock Compost Bin 2

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Chef’n EcoCrock Compost Bin

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This charming ceramic container has a plastic lining bucket that is easily transported, and the lid is fitted with a charcoal filter for odor control.  The Chef’n EcoCrock Compost Bin holds 3/4 of a gallon of food scraps, but its slender profile will take up less counter space than larger wider models.

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Full Circle Scrap Happy Scrap Collector and Freezer Compost Bin

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The Full Circle Scrap Happy Scrap Collector and Freezer Compost Bin above is only 5 inches wide, and will fit many freezer door shelves to tuck the container away.   Food scraps such as meat and bones can be stored in your freezer if they aren’t to be taken to the collection bin for some days.  It is also made of flexible silicone to make emptying its contents easier, and is dishwasher safe.  It does not come with a fitted lid however so may require frequent emptying unless stored in the freezer.

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