How Do You Compost?

Imagine this. You’re in the kitchen, there’s a flurry of chopping, grating, stirring, and taste testing. The clock ticks. The oven beeps. Finally, dinner is done. After a meal, leftovers get put into reusable containers and into the fridge, but where do food scraps like chicken bones and vegetable peels go? Your kitchen compost, of course!

What do you use for kitchen compost?
We want to know what type of container you use to collect food scraps from the kitchen. Do you prefer paper bags, stainless steel cans, or a plastic container? Do you use repurposed items like a 1-gallon ice cream tub, or paper bags from the grocery store? Or, maybe approved compostable bags are your choice for compost collection. Understanding your composting choices will help us provide you with more useful information, tips, and tricks for composting at home.

Tell us and enter to win a prize!

Whatever you use to collect kitchen food scraps, let us know! Tweet us a picture of your kitchen compost container and include the hashtag #HowICompost.

To encourage participation, we’re offering a prize package filled with resources to help you reduce food waste. Compost plays an important role in food waste prevention, but it’s only one tier. Pictured on the left is the food waste prevention hierarchy. The prize package will include resources that help you reduce food waste at each step. It will include a meal planning guide, recipes, a compost bin, and a one year “Seed” level membership to City Fruit! The winner will be selected at random and announced September 25 on our blog (check back on this post) and Twitter.

City Fruit is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve urban orchards. A great example of embracing food waste prevention, City Fruit harvests “ugly” apples that would normally be tossed aside. These apples are used to make delicious cider and any leftover apple scraps from making cider are fed to community members’ chickens. City Fruit has also provided canning and cooking classes, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, to teach Seattle residents how to use food that would otherwise be thrown out. Learn more about City Fruit here, including membership perks.

We’re looking forward to seeing your photos and hearing your feedback about kitchen composting. Do you have any compost tips, tricks, or comments to share with us?  We’re listening!