The best route begins with trash separation; that is, looking at exactly what you are throwing away in a grid-down scenario. For starters, divide your refuse into “dry trash” and “wet trash.” Cardboard from food packaging, empty bottles and cans, and anything else that can be re-used or re-purposed should be culled from the dry trash. Store the cardboard and rinsed containers where you can keep them clean, dry, and out of the way. Other dry trash should be compacted into a bin or box until it can be dealt with later. Unless there is a lot of food residue in it, this trash shouldn’t stink and it shouldn’t be very attractive to mice, rats, roaches, and other pests.