Back in the spring I talked a little about what my city was doing to try to encourage waste diversion, specifically by adopting a collected composting system. To help inform and encourage the community to participate in their program they gave away bags of compost and a pail to collect your kitchen scraps in.
All and all I found it an effective campaign. All over the lower mainland, local governments are being forced to change due to ever climbing dumping costs. Becoming greener and cleaner is becoming more cost effective, and more popular. Our city has been receiving wide praise for it’s efforts.
Back at home there are faults in the system. So I’ve been looking at ways to make this easier for myself. My prevailing problem is that I am bursting the capacity of my little pail, graciously given to me by the city. While fantastic in theory, in practice it was wa-y too small. Our living space is on the second floor. Which means I would need to do near daily trips down to the compost bin with my overstuffed pail. While that might be doable for some, I attempt it while juggling three small children who want to come with me/scream at the top of the stairs for my return. Fun right?! My temporary solution was a paint bucket, but that was messy and not very functional. Cut to this last weekend, when I stumbled upon the perfect container to solve my dilemma! Yay! Bye bye bucket. I can’t say I’ll miss you!
I picked up this Norseman 46.5L container at Rona. It lid is easy to open, as well as close and lock. It has a strong handle at the back and comes with wheels for easy mobility. It is perfect
It seems the city has also been looking for ways to make things easier for the user. They are looking for ideas on how to encourage more people to get composting. I will be attending a waste workshop tomorrow hosted by the city. If you have any ideas, or examples of what your community is doing, pleas let me know in the comments, or shoot me off an email!