Most of rural Portuguese households rely on buckets. Buckets for wood, water, pine cones, clothes pegs/pins – you name it there will be a bucket for it. We all use similar types of black buckets — ownership is usually interchangeable along with the contents. Occasionally, we halfheartedly say we will color code them with tape on the handles according to ownership — it lasts about a month before our buckets are everywhere again.
However, we have a special bucket — bright orange with a lid. This is for our kitchen waste. We do not compost our food waste here for several reasons. First, the smell, and the flies amplified by the heat and, second, composting encourages rats, mice and other vermin such as foxes. We feel most of our food waste to the chickens and they give us eggs in return.