Confession: I am a reluctant composter. I know, I know. My impulse is to scrape the dinner plates into the sink, whirl the disposal, and be done with it. I do have a stainless compost bucket under the sink, but it's an awkward—and less-than-fragrant—arrangement. In my next life, I plan to incorporate an in-counter compost solution. And you? Do you keep a lidded pail on the counter? Tell us your techniques in the comments section.
Above: An integrated countertop compost portal. Photograph via Cultivate.
Above: Two pullout drawers—the top one has a cutting board and the one below holds both a garbage and a compost bin. Photograph via The Farm Chicks.
Above: A stainless steel bucket you can lift out and carry to the compost bin in the backyard. Photograph via Blanco.
Above: An in-counter removable bowl to collect scraps. Photograph via Studio Gorm.
Above: A DIY Compost Farm by Charlotte Dieckmann.
For more compost solutions, see Compost Like a Pro: Maven Bins Made in Vermont.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 29, 2013 as part of our Belgium and Beyond issue.