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Choosing your container

The answer to this is probably obvious: Choose a container that will fit inside your freezer. However, it doesn't really stop there. Since it is likely you'll be dropping off your organic scraps every week or maybe every two, it's also important to consider how much organic waste in generated by your household on a weekly basis and choose your storage container accordingly.

As an individual who consumes mostly fruits and veggies, I've found that I produce a little more than 1.5 quarts of scraps a week. I've started using this 3-quart compost bin and I typically need to empty it out after 2 weeks (I also work from home, which means I'm probably producing more scraps in-house than someone who goes to an office everyday). The sturdy handle also makes it easy to carry to my green market and dump out the contents without needing to transfer it to a bag. With that said, lining your container is another handy step to take. This will get your scraps to slip right out of your container when you need to drop them off. Amazon sells biodegradable composting bags, but I've found that lining my bin with a little newspaper or a paper bag from the grocery store works just as well — and it's one less thing I have to buy.

In addition to doing your part, an added bonus to all of this is that storing your scraps is that you'll be able to better monitor how much food is wasted in your home and if you're buying in excess. Researchers recently found that between 30 to 50 percent of all food produced — or up to two billion tons — is thrown away each year! If you find yourself throwing out more organics than you eat in a week, it's time to scale back on how much you purchase at the grocery store.

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