Stand-alone homes and some apartment buildings have had these compost bins for a while. What has recently changed is an effort to separate trash at home – before it even hits the larger bins in the backyard. One such effort was initiated by the City of Vancouver where residents were handed out two 2-gallon green bins targeted at collecting a certain number of items.
These are food scraps including meats and bones, used coffee grinds, tea bags even oily paper is ok to go find its new home in the new compost bins. Items which must remain outside of the green bins are any an all sorts of plastic, metal twist ties, diapers even the recyclable and compostable plastics (these are typically items with resin code 7 – the number in-between the three arrows for recycling) are to be kept separately and be mixed with the other commingled plastic.
The green bin initiative gas a direct economical implication – garbage trucks which pick up regular trash would run every other week as opposed to weekly. The compost collection trucks would still honor their old schedule and run once a week so no changes there. As a reminder, the compost bins/dumpsters are the spot where cut up grass and leaves go. These will also be the new digs for your household organic waste which will first go into the smaller green bucket.
As the city does not want any plastic in the new organics receptacles, the easiest way to keep trash neat is by covering up the inside of the bin with a paper bag. I made a short video on how to get one folded out of newspaper. It really takes about five minutes and no tools or prior origami experience is required. See video below: