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Choices abound for kitchen compost containers

Whether you are new to food scrap collection, are in a new home, or just need a new system, find a kitchen compost container that works for you.

The key is to choose a size and location that make it easy to use, to empty (into the green composting roll cart), and to keep clean. Remember, you can line the container with newspapers, a paper bag or approved compostable bags*. Timber Joey holding compost container options

Fewer scraps? A kitchen bowl or a yogurt container might be right for you. Cook from scratch? Lots of scraps? Try reusing something larger like an old kitty litter bucket to collect your food scraps. Store it under the kitchen sink or next to the garbage can.

Look for something that fits your space and style. Metro sells a two-gallon kitchen composter for $8. Options abound in the housewares department of many local stores.

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View how-to videos on food scrap collection, lining your container, keeping your more composting container optionscontainers clean, or read even more information on composting

*Look for these approved products:

  • BioBag -- "Certified Compostable"
  • EcNow Tech -- "Compost Me"
  • EcoSafe -- "6400 Line"
  • Glad -- "Compostable Kitchen"
  • Natur-Tec -- "Natur-Bag Compostable"

Note: These approved compostable bags are designed to break down quickly and safely at composting facilities. Other compostable bags and regular plastic bags are NOT allowed.