What Should You Consider for a Kitchen Scrap Container?

The most important consideration when choosing a food scrap container is the dimensions of the container and the quality of the seal. It is also useful to consider what types of foods can be included in a food scrap container and where the food scraps are disposed.

When choosing a food scrap container, any plastic, metal, or glass container is acceptable, assuming it does not leak and has a well-fitted lid. A container with a poorly fitting lid can lead to an infestation of fruit flies or unwanted odors. Additionally, containers that are not waterproof cause unsanitary leakage.

Food scrap bins should be emptied into an outside compost pile or larger outdoor scrap container daily and then rinsed to avoid odors and insects.

Some municipalities offer food scrap waste removal and supply their own scrap bins. A person wishing to participate in government-run food recycling program should check with their municipality to ensure the container they choose is acceptable.

Many people find recycling their own food scraps into compost to be an economical way to improve the soil in their gardens. Most foods, such as vegetables, fruit, bread, grains and coffee grounds, can be disposed of in a scrap container. However, meat, fish and dairy products should not be included.