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Does anyone use those little kitchen top compost bins for food waste? If so, would you recommend them?
We have a small plastic one from Sainsbury's (I seem to recall) which is kept in the cupboard under the sink and emptied every couple of days into the big ones at the bottom of the garden. We use it for tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit & veg peelings, egg shells etc. So handy, esp in bad weather - no smell that I've ever noticed.
Yes, I've had one for a good few years now. My son uses one too. Bought it in Lakeland. Called the White Compost Crock. It has a filter (Lakeland also sell them) in the lid and certainly no smells from it at all. I use mine for vegetable peelings mostly (I don't put fruit in it as I believe vermin are partial to apples etc. It's emptied every couple of days into a larger bucket by the greenhouse, and that in turn is taken down to the bottom of the garden to the garden compost heaps about once a week. http://www.lakeland.co.uk/20428/White-Compost-Crock
Thanks for that. I will have a look on Lakeland and see what they have got.
i live in an area that you you can buy a compost wheelie bin each year - which is fab. gets picked up every week except for 2 weeks over christmas. all my garden waste and kitchen peeling tea bags egg shells and egg boxes kitchen paper can go in.my nan, lives in an area in london which has kitchen peelings and cooked food bins (she has about 7 "recycling" bins all on different days for collection -which makes it tricky with a person of advancing years, if you know what i mean).other wise, i would just put your peelings in a bowl, and make a composter out of a couple of wooden pallets,(or buy a composter bin - look like water butts but in black and half the price or cheaper than water butts from b & q etc) and then throw straight in - with your grass cutting and old flowers etc - and fork it over once a week or so.why would you keep peelings indoors? get fruit flies surely?
Sam, I haven't noticed a problem at all. I wouldn't want to put all those valuable peelings in a bin to be taken away by the council. Mine are in the compost crock for a couple of days (probably no longer than some people have theirs in their pedal bins) and then put on my 3 compost heaps. The Lakeland White Crock has a filter in the lid and there is no concerns with smells. Knowing you're a keen gardener, I would have thought you wouldn't consider a compost bin collection. A good heap needs a variety of waste and grass cuttings need the addition of household waste.
We also have 3 compost bins in the garden but we only have a small container for tea bags in the kitchen. I think one out of bread maker/ mixer/ food processor, etc. would have to go to make room for anything larger in our kitchen.btw, re the outdoor bins, I think it's always worth checking what the local council may have on offer. Ours was having a bit of a recycling drive and I think our 330L Blackwall bins were £6 each when we bought them a few years ago.
Sam, we have got a compost bin at the bottom of the garden, the kitchen top one is just for putting the food in as a stop gap before taking it to the big bin.
"Sam, we have got a compost bin at the bottom of the garden, the kitchen top one is just for putting the food in as a stop gap before taking it to the big bin. "We do that too, Nor, and empty it every 2 or 3 days, as necessary. But we just use an ordinary little flip-top bin - same as the one I have in the cupboard under the bathroom handbasin. Nothing special or 'compost' about it!
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