This may seem like mindless consumption as I did already have a bucket to collect the kitchen scraps for the compost but I recently bought a new compost bucket.
I first considered buying this over 12 months ago when I saw the one my daughter had at her place. The thing that appealed to me about it was the drop-in lid with a silicone seal. The following photo shows the lid and also the bucket insert. It is also rather more stylish when sitting on the kitchen bench and has the added bonus of being labelled which is a help to guests who are unfamiliar with our kitchen.
These are the 2 buckets I have used previously. Each one is a bit larger than the new one so I will definitely need to empty it each day but that is not a great imposition. The lid is the main problem as it takes 2 hands to seal it tightly as opposed to the drop-in lid on the new one.
I ordered the bucket online and it arrived packaged in a cardboard box. This had clearly been re-used which is pleasing but the downside was that it had 2 layers of plastic tape. I managed to remove all of the tape so that I can use the cardboard as weed mat in the garden. There was quite a pile of tape.
In fact, the tape contributed quite a significant portion of our waste for the week. You can see it all here.
The rubbish for this week weighed in at 264g which is considerably more than the previous couple of weeks. This is due in to the plastic sticky tape from the cardboard box. There is also a selection of items, including, plastic bags from rice paper wrappers, tortillas, cheese and carrots, an expired credit card, foil packet from medications, festival wristband, bottle tops, screen cleaning cloth and plastic packaging from a computer program.