Sink-y Stinky

The Swiss are BIG on waste management.

I have blogged here before about the elaborate systems the Swiss have for dealing with household waste and recycling.

The Swiss have thought of everything except what to do with the sink waste. You know, the scraps of cooked food that are left on plates or in pans after eating and cooking.

In the US, one would usually just run it down the garbage disposal, but here, no way. Swiss law prohibits such devices from being installed in sinks.

The reasons are three fold: one, the sink hole and adjoining pipe are simply too small.
1CHF for scale (about the size of a quarter)

Two, the underside of the sinks here physically have no room to accommodate an InSinkErator-type device.
No room.
The trash and recycling system only fits here.

And the third reason is they do not have the infrastructure for the treatment of such wastewater like in the US.

I do have to say that I love the Swiss bio waste system. Any raw bio waste we generate is immediately disposed of in our green bio container under the sink.

When it is full, we bring it to the bio waste container that our building provides.

The truck should be coming soon..

Then once a week, a bio waste truck comes and picks it up for regional composting.

But then the question becomes, what to do with kitchen scraps that are not bio waste?

For example, this gunk was left in our sink after dinner/dishes one night this week:

Our solution is seasonal.

In winter, when the world outside our door is a freezer, we keep a bag with all the potential stinky waste that can not be recycled: meat containers, chicken bones, and of course, cooked food scraps.
Outside on our balcony.
Waiting to be put in the trash.

And in the summertime, we use precious freezer space to freeze our stinky kitchen scrap trash (a practice that was inspired by Joe's late Grandma, Martha :)
Martha would be so proud.

Today's poem is a reflection of different parenting styles depending where you live:
U.S. Mamas always say
"no fingers down the drain"
for if you do
you risk potential pain

Swiss Mamas have 
no need for alarm
wee fingers will not fit
thus risk no such harm

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Liz Steinglass said...

I have a strange fear of impulsively sticking my fingers in the garbage disposal. I like the bio-waste option. Maybe I'll try to find a service here.

Joan and Bernie said...

Thanks for remembering Mamma and her practical kitchen garbage in the freezer trick.

Bridget Magee said...

I've had that fear, too, Liz! It is such a danger zone right in the middle of the sink! Since we can't compost ourselves, the bio-waste service is super nice. Thanks for commenting. =)

Bridget Magee said...

You're welcome. We miss Little Grandma. She was one of our favorite people - and her freezer trick is an odor saver for those of us in apartments. =)

Jeanette Rebello said...

I also freeze the same stuff but didn't realize that I learned the practice from Little Grandma.

The green waste, I compost myself and use it in my garden. The plants love it.

Bridget Magee said...

Great minds think alike, Jeanette! And Little Grandma was a great one. We're going to try to "garden" on our balcony this spring...I'll have to find out where my green waste goes so I can bring it back for our plants. =)

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