Cutting Board Modification to Hold Plastic Shopping Bags
Category: Household, kitchen, cutting boards, trash bag, garbage bag, shopping bag, shopping bag holder, food scraps
Problem: As I have stated many times, I am tall, and anything I can do to reduce the amount of bending is important. Also, I live alone and don’t really accumulate enough trash such that a regular kitchen garbage bin would be emptied daily. Also, I am frugal and concerned about recycling. When I am at the counter using my cutting board, I would have to gather up the scraps and go over to the garbage and put them in where they would then ripen over the next several days until the trash can was ready to be emptied. Because of my small kitchen with limited space, installing a garbage bin recycling drawer is really not practical. And of course, I would still have to bend over to pull it out, and I would have to get out of its when I pulled it out. Someone with great insight asked me, why not just put the scraps down the garbage disposal? I might do that except my small cottage is on a very old septic system and I am very concerned about what goes in it, so I avoid using my garbage disposal very often.
Action: With all of the above in consideration, I thought it would be great to have the plastic shopping bags suspended from a cutting board so I could easily scrape the unwanted items into the bag as well as having a place at waist height to put my other trash. I cut some notches in a plastic cutting board that hold the handles of the bag in a manner that they can be easily removed, and I have suspended the cutting board out over the counter edge so the bag hangs. As a counterbalance for this, I have a wooden cutting board that I place on top and I can actually slide that forward so it overhangs the base cutting board, allowing the scraps to fall directly into the bag. I usually take the bags off a couple times a day and carry them outside to the trash.
Result: It worked great but has been superceeded
Although having a plastic grocery bag hanging there is unsightly, the functionality overpowers that for me.
When idea was conceived: 10/9/2009
How much time it took to develop: 1 hour
How much money it took to develop: None
Current status: In use.
Since it was originally done: Wooden cutting board can be placed on top of this one as well.