Food scraps in your trash can certainly be a smelly issue in Florida. However, they can clog sewer lines if disposed of in a sink garbage disposal. The City of Orlando offers residents a FREE alternative to trashing or flushing food scraps with our backyard composter program. This program helps residents turn food scraps into composted material which is great in gardens or potted plants. Other uses for your food scraps:
- The freezer is a great place to store your food scraps for composting. Fill the food scraps in an air tight bag or container and store in the freezer. This method prevents odor and pests, and allows the materials to break down and decompose quicker when they are ready to thaw for composting.
- Re-plant the bottoms of green onions and tops of pineapples to re-grow new plants.
- Use the zest of citrus peels in your baked goods. Add citrus peels to brown sugar to prevent hardening. Citrus peels can also be added to vinegar to make a natural all purpose cleaner that also smells really good.
- Scatter crushed eggshells around your garden and flower beds for pest control. Or add an eggshell to coffee in the filter while brewing to take the bitterness out of the coffee.
Get creative and find unique ways to use your kitchen food scraps this summer to keep them out of your drain. To order your FREE composter, visit cityoforlando.net/ composter.