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Chop, chop, chop. Visit to the dustbin. Break an egg. Visit to the dustbin. Peel, peel, peel. Visit to the dustbin. Yes, I’m talking about the umpteen trips that you have to make to the dustbin, if you like to work with a clean space. As much sense and logic as there may be to dispose all kitchen wastes at the end of the cooking session, I find that “urge to purge” very difficult to resist. I turned to the internet for help, and as usual, it did not let me down! The solution, I found, is a “waste hole” that can be built into your counter. A swoosh with your knife is all that takes to make that vegetable waste disappear!

So here’s basically what it looks like. It is literally a hole in the counter, with a lid to seal it when not in use.


Now let’s go behind the scene to take a look at how it actually works. Coming from a reputed name, there’s a lot including the installation that you could probably take for granted if you opted for this waste hole from Hafele. This type of waste hole would probably a compost-lover’s paradise. What an effortless way to segregate and collate wet, compost-friendly fruit and vegetable wastes! It’s also great if your city council or town board rules require you to separate wet and dry wastes before disposal.


Here’s another one of the same type of waste holes sold by Blanco America that they have rather appropriately branded as a “compost system”. It’s so much cooler to call it that than a dustbin! It’s equally or perhaps more functional than the previous one, as the handle makes it easier than ever to pull out.


If you like the idea of a waste hole, but couldn’t be bothered to maintain two separate dustbins, then the way forward is to simply integrate the waste hole with your dustbin. All you need to do is position an open dustbin immediately below your counter so that the hole on the counter opens straight into the bin.

ImageIf you’re yearning for a single package that gets you a cutting board, granite counter top and an appropriately positioned dustbin, then look towards The Grothouse Lumber Company. I must admit that I might be partial towards this one because of the gorgeous butcher block that they’ve used!

ImageIt surprises me that ordinary conveniences like these are yet to find its way to our everyday kitchens. And I just can’t figure out why! I think that’s a part of the journey I am on here – discovering the little things around the house that makes a big difference to our daily lives.