i opened the front door this afternoon to retrieve a package to find this. it was like a light was shining on it from above. the horrible afternoon i was having? forgotten. this, my friends, is my ticket into the city's pilot composting program.
let me backtrack... last fall, the city had sent out a questionairre about trash, recycling, composting, etc. of course i filled it out and i also wrote on my survey that if they were to ever implement the composting program that they were discussing i would really, really, REALLY like to be a part of it.
well, i never heard anything else about it and had almost forgotten about it when one week i noticed these small black bins on the curb by my neighbors trash and recycling bins. and i knew they had to be compost bins. and of course, i was jealous i wasn't getting to participate. after a little research, i found they were still looking for volunteers for the pilot program and i volunteered our household again. after a couple of e-mails with the coordinator i found we had been passed over because we lived in a condo. really?
but all is now forgotten! and we're now full steam ahead. and it's like christmas with my new bin.
as a reminder to all of us, i taped this flyer to the top of our kitchen trash so that we think twice of how we dispose of something. diapers? into the compost bin. all food items? composted. microwave popcorn bags? yep, compost. pretty much the only thing going into the trash will be some type of packaging that can neither be recycled or composted. how awesome is that?
so now i'm curious... how much trash will our house produce in a week? i've emptied all of our trash cans and now the experiement begins. as of now, our kitchen trash can holds the wrappers of a couple of pieces of string cheese and the backing of some 3m adhesive hooks. so far so good.
crossing my fingers that this program takes hold and becomes city wide. it couldn't be easier for people to simply put their compostable items in a bin and have the city pick it up each week.