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Name: Teresa
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TsFlowers
Nov 22, 2017 8:21 AM CST
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I am a *Composter* wannabe, and so I try different things. I now have a large plastic storage bin at the back of my house; it's full, but I see that it is going down quickly.

In the winter when weather is bad and I don't want to take contents to the outdoor composter, I wanted something inexpensive for in the house. I originally started out with a plastic waste-basket (not really a basket) under my kitchen sink. This worked great, except . . . I soon had gnats and lots of them. I didn't feel like I could afford the expense of a regular indoor compost bucket or whatever.

Now my mom, she does is right. She has a couple strainers and she lets her potato peels, or coffee grounds minus the filter, sit in that strainer a day or so to dry out, then into a larger container until she can get them out of the house. This works, but I'm too lazy (well, really just lack the counter space).

So I started storing my contents in large gallon size *slider* bags. It works for me. If there are larger size *slider* bags, these might even be better to store more at one time.

But some suggestions are: 1) Purchase high quality *slider* bags, and 2) when you empty your contents into your outdoor composter or compost pile, and if your contents contain coffee grounds, these grounds will glob up on the slider area, so you will need to rinse off the slider area well so that you don't ruin the slider area.

So far, so good on mine after about 8 months and using the same bag.

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Name: greene
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greene
Nov 22, 2017 3:50 PM CST
Look up the word anaerobic and see why this is a bad idea.
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Name: Teresa
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TsFlowers
Nov 22, 2017 4:00 PM CST
Thank you for your concern greene, this is *not* a method of *composting indoors*. Rather, it is only a method of storing the contents to be composted for perhaps 7-10 days. The anaerobic process will happen once it is moved to the compost bin or compost pile. I see no ill-effects from short-term *storage* this way. Shrug! Are not indoor compost bins sealed off to keep out insects (gnats for instance)?

In fact, the less-than-good celery I threw into the bag is already beginning a rotting process (or turning to mush).
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crawgarden
Nov 22, 2017 4:39 PM CST
Teresa,

Have you looked into indoor Vermi-composting? Easy way to compost indoors if you have the room.
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Name: greene
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greene
Nov 22, 2017 5:15 PM CST
Sighing!
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Name: Teresa
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TsFlowers
Nov 22, 2017 5:22 PM CST
Thanks Rj @crawgarden for posting. Last year I did go through many threads here about Vermi-composting. And I think it's great, but I also think I have way too many coffee grounds that would have to be dealt with during the winter. [I wouldn't even have to purchase red-wigglers, I have plenty! As for extra space, no I do not. Thumbs down ]

But the main object of the post, was *storage*, rather than actual *composting*. Smiling
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Weedwhacker
Nov 22, 2017 7:36 PM CST
I use an "ice cream bucket" for veggie scraps and peelings, etc., which I keep in the garage and take out to the compost pile every couple of days. During the winter I have a plastic garbage can with the bottom cut out that sits next to my compost pile and everything gets thrown in there; in early spring I pick up the barrel, leaving all the winter stuff on the ground, and it becomes the start of that summer's compost.

The best part about this plan is that when the bucket gets too nasty (after being washed out a bunch of times), I toss it out and then I have to get another bucket of ice cream and eat it; I really hate to do that, but, you know -- anything to make good compost! nodding
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Name: Teresa
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TsFlowers
Nov 22, 2017 7:47 PM CST
nodding brrrr . . . but ice cream not sounding too good to me at the moment. Hilarious!

That's a great idea if you have a garage!

And this thread too, really is directed more to people in frigid climates. When the temps remain above 40F, who minds quickly going out to make a deposit to the outside compost bin/pile. Or even if it's raining and nasty for a couple days, those in warmer zones would have no problem keeping their coffee grounds indoors a couple days; I don't think that length of time will cause a nasty rash of gnats.
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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Nov 23, 2017 11:13 PM CST
All of our non-recycled waste goes outside every time the inside trash can is full because I don't like having rotting anything in the house. Plus I don't want to handle the stuff twice to get it in the compost pile. Blinking I have to go out every day anyway so I just make the run to the compost pile part of my routine. Freezing or not. Smiling
Name: greene
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greene
Nov 24, 2017 2:48 PM CST
Frenchy21 said:...I don't like having rotting anything in the house. Plus I don't want to handle the stuff twice to get it in the compost pile. Blinking I have to go out every day anyway so I just make the run to the compost pile part of my routine. Freezing or not. Smiling


We keep a container on the counter near the kitchen sink. It's a container designed for cooking grease but we use it as our compost container. We received it free on Earth Day and just use the plastic container and lid - not the bag. Here is a link to show the item, but any washable, covered container would work.
https://www.bedbathandbeyond.c...

Each day after the dishes are done, we walk out to the compost bin, dump the container and rinse out the container so it will be ready to use the next day...we do this rain or shine, even if the weather is below freezing. Thumbs up
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Nov 24, 2017 2:57 PM CST
I have a pail in the garden next to the rear kitchen door. Everything goes there until I find a sunny day without wind, then it goes to one of the six compost bins. I had the mowing team empty three huge barrels of chopped leaves and cut grass in three bins.

Produce departments will happily give away their rotting or rotted items and I make use of that as well.
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Frenchy21
Nov 24, 2017 5:52 PM CST
Greene thank you for the link to the 'grease' container/compost container. I do have the perfect plastic container (a round yellow domino sugar container) which is just the right size. Smiling





Name: Teresa
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TsFlowers
Nov 24, 2017 7:12 PM CST
That is a nice container. Many people may even have that store in their area. It's very nice too that you take it out *every* day. I guess I'm just lazy.

If a person would have just a little each day, and not want to empty it every day, is it anaerobic? Or would it keep gnats out?
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Name: Teresa
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TsFlowers
Nov 24, 2017 7:17 PM CST
And just for anyone else reading, I have no smell using the heavy duty gallon size freezer bags. I know that the container in the link greene provided is *much* nicer, but I guess I try to cut costs where I can and I usually use the freezer bags when purchased for other things as well . . . like freezer items.
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Name: Teresa
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TsFlowers
Nov 24, 2017 7:31 PM CST
The more I think about it, I'm not getting the point. If a person carries their compost items out *every day*, why go to the expense of making any purchase at all? My mom just uses a bowl and washes it out when she empties it into her compost tumbler. There are several kitchen items that could be used for daily storage, or a re-cycled item?
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Name: greene
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greene
Nov 25, 2017 12:08 PM CST
TsFlowers said:That is a nice container. Many people may even have that store in their area. It's very nice too that you take it out *every* day. I guess I'm just lazy.

If a person would have just a little each day, and not want to empty it every day, is it anaerobic? Or would it keep gnats out?


Yes, I really do take it out every day...every single day. And if I was peeling onions at lunchtime, I take it out twice a day. I do not want to attract any type of insect life so I do what needs to be done each day. I may not dust or clean cobwebs, but wet, stinky stuff has got to be done. I choose which things to be lazy about.

Oh, I just thought of something that may help you. If you keep the plastic bag of scraps in your freezer, the gnats will not be attracted and you can let the bag sit in the freezer until Springtime and then go out and empty it. Hope that helps. Thumbs up

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