I now use the green bin!

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20080509-I now use the green bin
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Did you know that the city of San Francisco composts?

My objection to composting had been simple: Compost is messy and it smells.

Since my green bin is outside, I either have to take the compost out every night before it smells up the house or I need to find a container that does not stink and that I don’t need to clean. And if I do need to clean it, it is dishwasher safe.

Compost pail, charcoal filters and compostable trash bags on

Stainless Steel Compost Pail 11×7.25-in. $36.43 (+S/H)
Pack of Two Charcoal Filters (each filter lasts 6-12 months) $5.93 (+S/H)
BioBag Biodegradable 3 Gallon Trash Bags (150 count) $19.91 (+S/H)

With shipping to SF it costs less than $0.60 per month to conveniently recycle my food scraps and not smell up my kitchen. I reduced my costs to less than $0.50 per month by purchasing Biosak 125 Compostable Bags from Costco South San Francisco (10th St. SF was out when I checked) for $13.99 (+tax).

Here is what you CAN compost: []

  • All Food: fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish, bones, rice, beans, pasta, bread, cheese, and eggshells
  • Food-soiled Paper: waxed cardboard, napkins, paper towels, paper plates, paper milk cartons, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, wooden crates, and sawdust
  • Plants: floral trimmings, tree trimmings, leaves, grass, brush, and weeds

The following items are NOT accepted in the green cart:

  • Styrofoam
  • plastic bags
  • plastic flower pots or trays
  • diapers
  • kitty litter or animal feces
  • rocks, stones, or dirt

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