With the rapid growth in organics recycling, including domestic food scraps, new food scrap bins are being designed to make the process more pleasant, and therefore not discourage recycling behavior. One such innovator is Ucan, which has just released its new food waste system.
"We designed the can to remove the 'ick' factor of food waste recycling," said Anne Morrissey, Ucan co-founder and CEO. "Compliance correlates with ease of use, proximity to the sink and performance. The Untrash Can reduces smells, keeps hands clean and, unlike municipal eyesores, is something that consumers are proud to have in their kitchens."
"Consumers really care about bin design," said Signe Gilson, Vice President of Waste Diversion, CleanScapes, a major West Coast waste hauler. "We know from experience. I think the Ucan bin looks great, which makes a difference in consumer adoption."
Made from a minimum of 50 percent recycled plastic, Ucan comes with a handle that folds away, interior bag holder and unique lid design that allows consumers to empty the contents with one hand.
The system includes a bag made with Mirel*, a plant based material that has the durability and strength of plastic but is 100 percent compostable.