Although many cities are recycling plastic and paper goods, San Francisco is the first city in the country to make compost recycling mandatory, according to the SFGate.com. The citizens of San Francisco are finding out what many gardeners already know: composting is a good way to turn kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich dirt that plants will thrive in. But kitchen scraps can create quite a stinky mess just sitting in a pail under the sink. To rectify this, some companies have manufacture countertop composters to help compost small batches of vegetable scraps or to hold scraps until you can take them to your compost pile.
Cut vegetable and fruit scraps and other large, organic kitchen scraps into 1-inch pieces with kitchen shears.
Place kitchen scraps along with egg shells, coffee grounds into your countertop composter.
Close the lid on the composter to hold odors in.
When the crock becomes full, empty it into your compost bin, or empty the kitchen scraps into a grocery bag and take them to your nearest community garden's compost heap.
Replace the activated charcoal filter in the lid of your countertop composter every six months by pulling out the old filter and pressing the new one into the filter opening on the inside of the lid.