Ice Bucket for Food Scraps

I recently picked up an ice bucket at a garage sale (50 cents!) and now use it on my kitchen counter for my food scraps. It is attractive and well insulated to provide a strong, sealed bucket and yet lightweight. Perfect to hold food scraps until I add them to my compost pile!
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November 18, 20170 found this helpful

Countertop compost buckets should not be sealed, they need air to circulate around the scraps.

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October 28, 20180 found this helpful

Without researching, off hand I would think a completely air tight container could explode due to a buildup of gasses, while a very loose fitting lid would permit the scent of the scraps to permeate the kitchen and entry of the stray fly. The ice bucket lid as is, is probably just fine.

As for the scraps needing air circulation, I doubt this is critical. The scraps are on the countertop temporarily and will do the major decomposing in the compost pile. I think the ice bucket is an attractive way to handle the short term storage of food scraps.

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November 2, 20180 found this helpful

You're welcome, Donna.

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