Proper kitchen design includes hidden collection bin for food waste that prevents clutter and odor
Dishwasher on the right, compost collection bin on the left, or maybe on either side of the sink in the center island – hidden in the counter top. It’s one of the latest trends in kitchen design as the number of people who compost their food waste increases.
No one wants to see or smell a container of food scraps sitting out in plain view, or crammed into the cabinet under the sink, says Jessica Allison, kitchen designer and owner of Essence Design Studios in West Chester, OH. Nor is it always convenient to take scraps immediately outside to the composter.
So, Allison is designing kitchens that have an air-tight compost collection bin hidden in the counter top.
“This works great in any counter top because it is designed to fit seamlessly, while concealing your organic waste out of sight,” Allison says. “We usually would install this in the counter over a waste bin cabinet because the size fits perfectly into the cabinet above the waste bin, and is located right next to the sink.”
Composting and recycling needs are something any kitchen designer you consult about remodeling should ask about when he or she comes in to look at your kitchen and prepare a design, Allison says.
The compost collection bin Allison recommends is made from recycled stainless steel, and has a hygienic seal to control odor. The bin also is dishwasher safe.
“It works great in any counter top because it is designed to fit seamlessly, while concealing your organic waste out of sight,” she says.
For clients who also recycle, Allison says a waste cabinet that houses up to four collection bins brings order to any kitchen.
“Typically two are recommended, one used for non-recycling, and the other used for recycling,” she says. “The four bins are for those who like to or have to sort their recycling.”©
– Nancy Kibbee is editor at www.naturalinteriors.com