Let’s talk trash with Compost House that is.
At first, I was hesitant to begin composting.
I’m not one to zero in on what is going in my trash bin. Nor do I go a day over the “sell by” date, so I’m embarrassed to say that I probably throw away a good amount of food that could still be safe to eat.
I knew I would immediately feel guilty by composting, but I was ready for the challenge.
Once I stepped foot in my apartment with the compost bucket, I was ready to watch most of my trash go from the trash bin to the compost bucket. Yup, I was right. Roughly 90% of my trash is compostable. Paper towels, paper towel rolls, cardboard boxes, coffee grounds, uneaten leftovers, and dead flowers all made their way in the compost bucket.
I’ve had the compost bucket for three weeks now. Every Tuesday I set my two filled buckets outside my door and by noon on Tuesday, I have two empty buckets to fill for the next week. In Greenville, they pick up on Tuesday morning, but surrounding cities like Spartanburg are picked up later in the week. I contacted Leslie from Compost House to make sure I was fully aware of the products I could toss. She responded within an hour answering all my questions. Talk about great response time! When I researched a list of items to compost, I found that different compost businesses have different lists. So be aware of the products that Compost House doesn’t accept.
Was it hard? No. Did I have to think before throwing anything out? Yes. Did I hate it? Not at all. I actually really enjoyed it.
I felt just as guilty as I thought. Before tossing trash away, I had to ask myself “Can this go in the compost bucket?” Knowing it was benefiting the environment made it easier for me to toss waste in the bucket. I began noticing I was making less food too. If I wasn’t going to eat it then it would have to sit in the bucket for a week. While grocery shopping, I kept that in mind too. It helped make sure I wasn’t buying food that would expire before I had the chance to enjoy it. Before when I threw everything in an opaque white plastic bag, I wasn’t aware of all the food I was throwing away. Plus I probably wasted more plastic garbage bags because I tossed out whenever it started to smell. Yes, I’m guilty of that too.
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