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Rubbermaid Canisters and Compost Waste

After a brief and inexcusable absence…your Canadian Rubbermaid Blogger from Toronto is back.

Recently, my wife and I befriended an American couple who had moved to our fair city from Chicago. When I asked them to name the things they found the “strangest” they, without hesitation listed two: the rigorous rules on sorting trash/recycling and the bagged milk (a topic too vast to be properly dealt with in a 500-word blog).



As for the recycling….Canadians have always been and are becoming more and more conscious of protecting the environment. As a result of that cities and municipalities are working to have people sort their trash at home so that it can be easily recycled downstream thereby diverting the amount of waste sent to landfills. Even within recycling we are asked to divide our “wet garbage” (organic refuse…like food scraps) and our “dry recycling” (of the normal paper/plastic variety).


The city of Toronto then arms us with a green recycling bin (picture 1) for the curb as well as a small kitchen container to throw the wet waste in at the source and on the fly (picture 2). A normal operating procedure would have residents fill up their trusty kitchen container until it fills and then loading it into the green container that’s collected once a week. Local stores even sell bio-degradable plastic bags so that the whole package is recyclable. It all sounds like a flawless little operation.



Except one thing….. by definition wet garbage stinks. And while the kitchen container has a small clasp, it’s not air tight and after a few weeks of use, fails to work at all (i.e. smelly kitchens). To correct this I recently purchased two Rubbermaid Flex & Seal Canisters. I’ve gotten rid of the Government Issue kitchen container and placed one Rubbermaid Canister under my sink (picture 3) and another in overhead cupboard on stand by (picture 4).



The containers can hold about a week’s worth of wet waste (at my home anyway) and the famous flex & seal air tight lid locks in all of the odours. With the two canisters I can easily dump the waste and then throw it into the dishwasher with my clean canister ready to go. A friend of mine has three….if I had a house full of kids I would probably employ an army of at least six.

This little tip is perfect for Torontonians, people who live in other jurisdictions that collect organic waste and even those that compost on their own. If you want to know where to buy one of these canisters…just go to the product link and hit the “find a store” option. You’re then just a postal code (or zip code) away from locating a store near you that sells the product.

Being environmentally conscious often necessitates some habit changes but it should never require a smelly kitchen.

Hopefully I’ve helped my American friends see the light……is this useful to anyone else?

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  7. March 29, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    Hi Matt:
    I see that this was posted on July of 2009, but if you haven’t had any forward progress, being a Ph.D. in plastics engineering, I would be happy to discuss the idea with you.
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    Matthew Staton, Inventor

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