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
‘‘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.