What to do with Household Waste: Tips and Ideas

how to deal with household trash

Below, I summarize all the methods that are available to deal with all your trash at home.

I can be hard to know what to do with household waste especially you are a new home owner or you have a large family with kids and pets.

All these waste, trash and garbage management tips, tricks, and hacks help to make your home run smoothly and will reduce the mess that can occur if or when garbage takes over.

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Some of these products and tips will also help the environment, as you can separate and recycle a proportion of your household trash.

What household waste can be composted?

Composting is a great way to deal with food waste. It is important that you know what to put in the compost pile, otherwise you can end up with a nasty smelly heap that will attract flies and possibly rats.

  • don’t put bones, meat or fish, dairy, fats and oils or any cooked food with these ingredients in them.
  • you can put cooked rice, coffee grounds, tea bags (if bag is biodegradable), fruit and vegetable peelings and egg shells.
  • Although you can put in cooked foods that do not have fats or dairy in them be careful if you have a vermin problem. For example cooked rice, bread and pasta may attract rats or raccoons.
  • locate you compost bin away from view, they are not too beautiful to look at.
  • consider a worm composting system as well.

You can find an easy to follow composting guide HERE

How to reduce household waste

  • Avoid buying products that are just for a single use, for example drinks in plastic bottles, disposal flatware and cups. Instead, have bottles you can fill up with water, reusable mugs for coffee and multi-use coffee filters.
  • try to buy products that have as little packaging as possible. Bulk buying reduces waste compared to buying single portion products.
  • think carefully about what you and your family consume. Do you throw away uneaten food? If so use up leftovers, and buy items you know will be eaten before the expiry date. Your aim here is to make sure no food is ever wasted.

Why household waste should be kept covered

There are many reasons to keep your garbage covered

These include

  • keeps pests like rats, seagulls and raccoon away from the trash
  • the wind is less likely to blow the trash away keeping your neighbourhood cleaner.
  • lids keep smells contained
  • reduces the amount of flies and other insects that love to get into your trash.

Where should waste bins be positioned?

  • Ideally trash bins in your living rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms, should be attractive to look at. They are usually placed in a room corner.
  • in a minimalist style kitchen your will want your kitchen trash cans out of sight. You can usually find space inside a kitchen cabinet, smaller spaces will mean you have to take out the trash more often.
  • Large kitchens will have the space for a roomy trash can, that will sit out in the open. Place as near to the food preperation area as possible. The trash bin could be disguised inside a pull down wooden trash can cabinet.
  • If you have a utility space or walk in pantry near to the food preperation area these will make great spaces for a garbage bin.
  • Outdoor garbage and recycling bins should be close to the kitchen door. Making it quick and handy to dispose of the trash quickly. You should keep the outdoor garbage bins in an outdoor trash enclosure to keep your yard neat and tidy.

✅ Under Countertop Trash Can Ideas for Kitchens

One great starting point when setting out to organize your home trash is an under the kitchen counter trash cans.

This type of system is perfect for you if you like a minimalist kitchen.

Having a bin close at hand will mean all the mess generated in your kitchen when cooking can be quickly and efficiently tidied away.

Then once a week (or so) you can move the kitchen trash to your outside trash areas.

 Pull Out Double Kitchen Cabinet Trash ContainerPull Out Double Kitchen Cabinet Trash Container


✅ Pull Out Concealed Recycling Kitchen Trash Cans

This is a handy set of bins that pull out. Once you have finished using them, the cabinet door conceals them.

 Sliding Pull Out Under the Kitchen Cupboard Recycling Trash CansSliding Pull Out Under the Kitchen Cupboard Recycling Trash Cans


✅ Lightweight Recycling Trash Sorting Bag

Even if you are short on space, it is still possible to organize your trash really for recycling. This will sit neatly inside a kitchen cabinet.

This bag has three sections so you can sort the trash out before taking it to the recycling center.

 Lightweight 3 Compartment Recycle Sorter BagLightweight 3 Compartment Recycle Sorter Bag


✅ Set of 4 Color Coded Waste Bins

Now there is no need for the incorrect category of trash to go into the wrong bin. They might help you train your household members to recycle materials correctly.

Nice and bright!

 4 Color Coded Wastebaskets for Recycling4 Color Coded Wastebaskets for Recycling


✅ Large Stackable Recycling Bins

What I like about these bins is the large size, anything smaller becomes impractical as the bins will fill up to quickly.

These are the perfect bins to have if the space is availble

 4 Recycling Bin Containers Stacking with Handle 6 Gallon4 Recycling Bin Containers Stacking with Handle 6 Gallon


Recycling at Home with Color Coded Bins

Color coding your trash cans is a great idea as it will get your whole family involved in recycling at home.

How to Organize Recycling in a Small Kitchen

Here are some great and easy to follow tips for recycling in a small kitchen.

How Can We Reduce Waste at Home?

This useful video has 10 great tips for reducing your waste at home. Including ways we can be more environmentally conscious.


I hope you have been able to find the right product for your home, that will ensure you keep the trash under control.

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