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GARBAGE: Freeze scraps for trouble-free disposal

Letter by Janice Mileski, Tacoma on May 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm | 12 Comments »
May 7, 2012 2:40 pm

Re: “Twice-monthly trash may start next year” (TNT, 4-30).

I had not realized just how much food waste I generate in a week, let alone two. One way to handle this food waste without odor or pests until pickup date is to freeze it.

Many people with families have large, chest-type freezers in the basement or garage, often not full. Even smaller freezers can be utilized: Make it a priority to scoop out a space. Put the newspaper-wrapped bundle into a plastic grocery bag, then put it in the freezer. On the day before or the day of brown can pickup, take it out of the freezer and put only the newspaper-wrapped bundle or bundles in the brown can.

Most of the year it will be cold enough that it won’t completely thaw before pickup. In the warmer months there will usually be some garden waste in the can to cushion or cover it.

The program is a good thing, and I am sure other Tacomans have some tips on how to do this with ease and cleanliness.


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