Food goes anaerobic and gets smelly more quickly when it is cut off from oxygen. The SureClose container provided by the City has a vented lid to help prevent this problem. If you use your own container, make sure the lid is aerated.
Here are other strategies you can use to prevent odor:
- Take your organics to a drop-off site more frequently, especially during hot spells in the summer.
- Collect your organics in a cool, dry place, such as under the sink or in your refrigerator.
- Keep a container in your garage or basement lined with a larger compostable bag so you can take your smaller kitchen bags out more frequently.
- Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your compostable bag when you replace it. Baking soda is a natural odor-eater.
Remember - there is nothing going into your organics that isn't already going in your garbage. Smell is a natural part of organics decomposition.