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Green Living Blog: How to make composting smell-free

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Green Living Blog: How to make composting smell-free

Green Living Blog logo After reading this post, don't forget to enter our contest – you could win a new dishwasher. Plus, do you have your own story to tell? Send it to greenchallenge@canadianliving.com (no more than 300 words, please), and you could win one of 30 daily prizes. Today's winner is Rachel Draper of Barrie, Ont.
Last year our community implemented a green bin program for kitchen waste (along with a two-bag limit for garbage), so we were excited to begin reducing our contributions to the overflowing landfill.However, we quickly began to struggle with a smelly, buggy, nasty green bin. My son wouldn't even go near it, much less actually scrape the plates into it. We tried putting baking soda into it, we tried using paper liners, we tried washing it after emptying it, but still it remained stinky and gross. Finally I came upon the idea to keep a paper liner bag in the freezer, then scrape our plates into the bag. When the bag is full we transfer it to our deep freeze in the garage, where it stays frozen till garbage day. The frozen bags can be put into the large green bin the night before collection and will stay frozen, eliminating the sloppy, yucky mess. We have absolutely no smell, no bugs, and most importantly, my son now has no problem helping to scrape the plates!
Thanks to Rachel for sending in her story. Water pitcher and The Weather MakersRachel wins a copy of The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery, courtesy of HarperCollins, and a Clear2O Home Water Filtration System. Today's code word: freeze Read more: • The benefits of compostingHow to start your own compost pileGuide to greener gardening
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