Make sure scraps in the cor­rect bag

Pu­taruru’s ded­i­cated food waste col­lec­tion trial is now well un­der way. Lo­cal natur­opath An­drea Shaw is a keen par­tic­i­pant and shares her ex­pe­ri­ences and ob­ser­va­tions in a monthly col­umn as she learns how to make the most of the new waste man­age­ment syste

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‘‘Things didn’t go quite as planned this month. Usu­ally I’m to­tally or­gan­ised, with my bin lin­ers nicely tied and stacked in ‘Big Blue’, which is du­ti­fully parked out at the road­side by 8am on a Tues­day.

But this month I com­pletely missed a weekly col­lec­tion date so Big Blue was well full of aging food scraps.

Added to that, I had to grap­ple with an over­flow­ing bin liner so I learned the hard way it’s far eas­ier to knot a bag that’s not quite so full – take note hubby!

Tempt­ing as it may be to use or­di­nary plas­tic bags to stash ex­tra food scraps in – that’s most def­i­nitely not an op­tion for the food waste trial.

The spe­cial corn­starch bags that were de­liv­ered with the caddy are fully bio-degrad­able and to­tally com­postable – plas­tic bags aren’t.

So any that are used in the food waste col­lec­tion bin won’t be col­lected.

If you’ve got a zeal­ous cook in the kitchen who gen­er­ates a lot of food scraps (like I have) you can pur­chase more bin lin­ers from the coun­cil’s Pu­taruru of­fice.

My tip for this month is es­pe­cially im­por­tant if, like me, you’ve missed a weekly pick-up. Col­lec­tion will be eas­ier and Big Blue will be cleaner if your liner bags are knot­ted to pre­vent spillage.

And when you put your bin out on the kerb­side for col­lec­tion make sure the black han­dle is in the up­right (ver­ti­cal) po­si­tion.

This ensures that the bin is locked and scav­eng­ing an­i­mals won’t be in­ter­ested in in­ves­ti­gat­ing what’s in­side.

More next month – and re­mem­ber, small changes lead to new habits that can make a big dif­fer­ence.

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