By now you all know my family has moved. At the moment, we’re staying at my dad’s house, while the work on our house is being completed. My dad’s wife, Blanche, is very saavy in the subject of recycling. I’m good, but she’s excellent!
In our time staying at my dad’s house, I have learned a lot from Blanche on the subject, and I’d like to pass along some tips. And then I’ll let you know how this ties in to being frugal.
Blanche has a place right in the kitchen to collect her recycling. The kitchen is the hub of the house, and most things are thrown away in the kitchen. To make it easy to recycle, she has recycling bags readily available. When it’s just as convenient to throw something into the recycling bin as it is to throw things into the trash, more things get recycled!
Blanche also has a pot on the counter for compost. It’s tightly sealed, so it doesn’t smell. Any left over food scraps go straight into the compost pot. My dad happens to live right over the fence from a pasture, so every couple of days, the scraps go straight into the pasture to decompose (they have it worked out with their neighbor). However, it would be just as easy if you had a compost pile in your backyard. You could throw the scraps right into your pile!
One benefit of putting kitchen scraps into the compost pot is that the trash can stays pretty clean and odor-free. I don’t know about you, but when my kids throw leftover food away, they have a tendency to get the food all over the trash can. And cleaning the trash can is not one of my favorite tasks!
The second benefit, and here’s the frugal part, is that composting and recycling can save you money. Most trash services charge by the number of trash cans or size of the can. If you have less trash, you save money. We just set up our garbage service, and we saved $15 a month by choosing the smallest trash can.
Composting and recycling: better for the environment and better for my wallet!
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