I’m kicking home my kitchen organization series with a look at what’s going out of the kitchen – recycling and compost. While I try to limit the amount of packaging coming into our home, there’s no getting around having some items to recycle. Fortunately, our township accepts a wide range of items for recycling.
Outside our home, we have 2 trash cans labeled with recycling stickers which go out once a week, and yes, we do fill them up. Usually, we have 1.5 trash cans of recycling items weekly.
Recycling Trash Can
Inside the kitchen, I set up a kitchen trash can next to our regular kitchen trash can and labeled it with a recycling sticker. Everything that gets recycled goes in here except for plastic grocery bags. Myself or a kid empties this trash can once a day or so. Since I don’t have a liner in the trash can, I make sure no food ends up in the trash can to attract ants.
Plastic Grocery Bags
Plastic grocery bags get thrown down our laundry shoot (a special feature of our home!) and collected in the basement. I drop them off in the recycling container when I do my food shopping. I keep the bigger bags to line the trash can in the basement laundry area, or to hold donations to my local Goodwill.
Fruit and Vegetable Waste
The compost bin sits on the kitchen counter next to the main food prep area. I’ve trained my kids to put their apple cores, banana peels, and other fruit remains in the compost bin. Coffee grinds, tea bags, and some of the vegetable peelings go in the compost bin. We empty the bin into our outside compost pile and wash it out with soap and water before collecting new food waste for the compost bin.
Carrot peelings, onion bits and ends, celery bits are recycled into stock makings. I keep several gallon bags in the freezer until I need to make stock. I pull the bags out each time I do vegetable prep.