I am asking this question because my trash can smells really bad.
I live alone and a few years ago, everything -- be it paper, cardboard boxes, junk mail, plastic bottles, vegetable peels, all went into the same trash can. (My city claims that it sorts through the trash to do recycling, so that's why I thought it's OK to have the plastic and glass mixed in.) However, with this approach, the bags were sometimes getting punctured and it would create a mess with the trash can and cause problems with taking the trash out.
So I switched to a different model. Plastic bottles, glass jars, etc. now all get their own bag. Paper, cardboard boxes, and any other "dry" trash get their own bag. Everything else goes into the tall trash can (lined with a tall garbage bag, of course) -- vegetable peels, wet paper towels after a cleanup, etc. There's not a lot of the last category. I can go a week or longer before it needs to be taken out. But this causes a problem. It causes the can to give off bad odors which are specially noticeable when I take the trash out.
What is the solution to this? I can see several possibilities:
- Switch to a smaller trash can or stay with the same, but take the trash out daily.
- Put things like vegetable peels, fruit skins (like oranges...they are the worst because they form condensation on the lid of the trash can), in a small bag and then toss the smaller one into the trash can.
- Try composting. I'm not sure I care to do this, though.
I'm thinking the first option is probably my best bet where I take the trash out every night (or couple of nights), but I think it will increase my consumption of garbage bags quite significantly.
So how do you guys handle this problem?