by Sarah Rainwater - I live in Portland, Oregon and our city has decided that a portion of us will have city mandated composting. I’m all for being environmentally friendly, I just don’t like the way they went about it. Here’s how it works:
1. Our large compost bin will be picked up every week rather than bi-weekly.
2. Our trash will only be picked up once every other week instead of every week.
3. The city provided us with a counter top compost bucket to use.
4. The city raised our rates.
Do I like the idea of composting? Yes.
Do I like that I am now only allowed half the amount of trash and have to pay a significantly higher rate? NO!
Do I like that compost bucket they provided? No, I don’t. It was cheaply made, way to large for our counter top, and was an eyesore. There was a huge “Portland Composts!” right on the front of it.
Even though I can’t change the city composting programs and the rates they are charging I do have control over the counter top composting bucket I use. The issued compost bucket was a stinky mess and broke apart with a few months, needless to say, I was not happy!
This last week I ordered a new compost bucket from BuyGreen.com. I’ve heard many great things about this company and decided to check out some of their items for myself. One of the items that caught my eye was the BioBag Max Air II Composting Bucket. With this item I would be able to toss that old composting bucket into our recycling bin.
The Max Air II Composting Bucket is unique in that it is vented on every side, allowing food waste to breath and therefore not collect as much heat and moisture, which contributes to rotting and odor. As an added precaution against odor and rot, you can use a Bio Bag, also sold on BuyGreen.com. The Bio Bags make disposal so easy! You simply grab the bag of waste out of the bucket and toss the entire thing in your outside composting bin. Plus, your Max Air II Composting Bucket stays clean and fresh when you use a Bio Bag as a liner.
I also want to point out a few aesthetics of the Max Air II Composting Bucket. This product is a dark green, and blends in easily to most kitchen decors. I have no problem letting it sit out on my counter top as it has no smell and looks appealing. The bucket is 8″ tall, 9 1/2″ wide and 8″ deep. If you’d rather, you can attach the composting bucket to the inside door of your kitchen sink, as it has hinges to do so.
You can buy your own Max Air II Composting Bucket at BuyGreen.com for only $9.00. The Bio Bags can be purchased for your Composting Bucket for only $3.85, which it much less than what I’ve paid for similar bags at the grocery store.
I feel confident in recommending both BuyGreen.com and the Max Air II Composting Bucket to those looking for a great product from a reputable company.