I’ve recently noticed my bin does much better when left untouched for a few weeks or more.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for my food waste…
I’ve also realized that since I cook so often, I usually need to put food in the bin every couple of days with my old paper bag system so I’ve started testing a new system.
The City of Toronto provides the bins above to collect food waste for their green bin program.
I’ve started using the bin as a mini compost.
I put down a bit of bedding (shredded paper) added a layer of worms and compost, then added food waste. Ideally you’d also cover it with damp newspaper if you can but I don’t always remember.
This mini bin doesn’t work as well as a large bin because the worms cant access the food on top easily. It would probably work better if the food was more chopped up but that requires more time than just putting it in the large bin.
So I find using this bin setup for a week or so (usually until it’s full), then moving it to the big bin allows the worms in the big bin to be less disturbed and saves me a trip or two to the large bin. It also helps prevent fruit flies since I’d sometimes forget to move the food to the large bin and fruit flies would sometimes appear.
It’s also nice because when you dump the container into the larger bin the worms at the bottom end up on top so it automatically buries the food.