I keep garbage on my counter and I'm proud of it. Used coffee grinds, tea bags, vegetable peels, left overs and even some of my junk mail. No, I'm not a disgusting slob, I'm a kitchen composter.
During the winter, it's not always fun to take food scraps out to the compost bin. My bins are at the far end of my property so I can't just poke my head outside and toss stuff in. It's definitely a shoes and coat required affair. That's why I bought a Compost Crock.
It's nice to have a container right there on your counter to toss garbage into. Mostly I use it for coffee grinds and egg shells but other stuff would be fine too. The crock kind of looks like a cookie jar so I don't mind having it on the counter. And there's a carbon filter in the lid so it doesn't smell before I eventually take it out to the compost heap.
I used to use a tupperware container and just keep it in the freezer so it wouldn't smell but I have this one from Gardeners.com now. (aff) Kitchen Compost Crock, Brilliant White