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    Default Organic material for allotment.

    Rather than put compostable material in the bin I've started collecting it at home. I am surprised at how much I am getting and know this will be beneficial on my allotment.

    I was just wondering how others collect it and store it before taking it to plot? I aim to get to the plot once per week to save having stockpiles of rotting vegetation at home. Is it best to have a mini-bin outside or use compostable bin bags inside?

    For ease of transport I feel a lidded box would be best for fitting in the car boot?

    Bin is a bit of an eyesore sitting outside the patio doors so just wondered how others cope with there organic waste.
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    Thankfully our council provide a tiny bin for the kitchen and a bigger lidded bin with a handle for outside, I've moved that next to the garden shed and use that to take to the plot during the winter months. It sits nicely on an old shopping trolley frame for the walk around the corner

    In the summer I'm plotting most days so just take the peelings from the small bin in a 'lifetime' carrier bag, rinse and repeat. I use mine and neighbours newspapers to wrap peelings before binning them and with weeds and grass from the plot, plus torn up cardboard the mix doesn't seem too wet.
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    I tried those compostable bags and they are a menace when put in the compost bin. So now I empty the bag and throw it in the black (rubbish) bin. Like Thelma I find wrapping stuff in newspaper helps with the storing and with the composting. I also keep the kitchen green waste in the garden and "store" the results so that I can take it in bags to the allotment. I also dug a short trench in the garden and threw everything in it and then covered it over when the trench was nearly full. I did this by digging an extension to the trench which I could then fill. It turned out quite well because I added horse manure and grew my runner beans on top.

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    I just chuck all my stuff in a small caddy that sits in a cupboard in the kitchen - it usually takes a week to fill up and then i take it to the plot and dump it - no bags necessary. I did try those compostable bags but what they don't tell you is that they take 10,000 years to degrade. If the caddy is overfull, I'll empty it into a reusable supermarket bag and fill that instead until it's time to dump it (keeping the dirty bag for re-use). I add torn up cardboard and shredded paper if i have it to stop the waste going slimy.
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    I put it in a box/pot/bowl/anything and walk down the garden with it - usually via the chicken run.
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    I've got a bucket with a lid but I only have to walk to the end of the garden with it. but if you needs a weeks worth try one of those storage boxes with a lid.
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    the majority of my stuff goes in the compost dalek in the garden. For that I have a metal compost bucket with a lid that has vents and a filter that I got form Aldi/Lidl. I don't throw things with soil on them from the allotment in it as I don't want the marestail to spread. They either go in the council compost bin (or did - they have now stopped the food waste bin service... ), or if I am down the plot that day or the next, I'll keep a carrier bag for that sort of thing, or take the bucket round

    Once a year, I empty out the dalek and about a wheelbarrow load ends up going to the plot.

    If you don't have a garden at home, do you have space for a wormery? it's a lot less to carry once its rotted down.
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    Sorry, I'm really slap-dash about it. Just an old enamel bucket outside the back door, no lid. I go about once a week or whenever it's full. All the kitchen waste goes in the daleks with some shredded paper, cardboard, water, comfrey, whatever I think it needs. Both daleks have very active worm communities, so they're a bit like a wormery really.

    I have a laundry basket in the boot of the car with plot bits and pieces and my wellies in. The bucket sits nicely in there and doesn't topple.

    Mind you, I'm having a smaller car from Nov and I think the laundry basket will be too big. What am I going to use then? :-/
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