Note that we are allowed, for the first time, to put kitchen waste in with the yard waste.
It means another bin in the kitchen, but we are able to divert half our kitchen garbage to the green bin now. The city does not allow plastic bags in the green bin. So I lined it with a brown paper bag.
The city passes out free bins, but only during my work hours.
Free Residential Food Scrap ContainerTo help you set-up a collection system for the new Curbside Compost Collection Program, the City of Redondo Beach Public Works Department is distributing kitchen counter-top collection containers at no charge. Simply come by the Corporate Yard at 531 N. Gertruda Ave., Redondo Beach between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday to pick up your container.Should those hours be inconvenient for you, too, try a local restaurant. My kitchen compostables bin came from Rice Things, a favorite neighborhood restaurant for Japanese comfort food. They buy soy sauce in these containers. If you are a regular there, ask them to save you a bin.
(A neighbor says she buys cat litter from Costco in similar lidded bins.)
When our old trash can broke, I bought a new one and repurposed the cracked shell of the old one to collect our commingled recyclables. I downloaded a recycling symbol graphic from wikipedia, printed it out and taped it to the old bin.
The greenest thing is to use what you have.