Make a DIY Compost Bin

Make a DIY Compost Bin

Composting is an excellent way to lower your landfill impact, recycle your organic waste and also save money on fertilizer too. Composting basically involves taking organic matter and recycling it—allowing it to, over time, decompose. Brown matter—like wood chips or paper—can be mixed with green matter—organic material with moisture, like food scraps, coffee grounds or grass clippings—to create “compost,” which is a rich, highly prized soil amendment that’s similar to store-bought fertilizer. You can buy a compost bin, or you can actually make your own. Here are some quick points on how to make a compost bin.

Quick note: When it comes to compost, remember that all compost needs to be mixed up or turned regularly to aerate the mixture. Some compost bins have a crank, allowing them to be turned, while stationary ones have to be mixed by hand or with a shovel.

Wood with Mesh: Simply take a few 3 by 3 boards, and create a square, topless frame. Then cover the sides of the square with chicken wire or mesh, and the leave the top open. By leaving the top open, you can quickly drop your organic matter into the mix. The mesh also allows for more air too. Lastly, by making sure that the bottom of your compost bin is left open and touches the ground, worms may be able to travel up and into your compost, helping to speed along the process.

Brick: A brick bin is a costly, time-consuming project. It will involve laying down a foundation of crushed stone, and then building out a full brick square (you can also cover it with mesh to prevent any critters from getting inside). However, if you’re committed to composting, and you want a more permanent bin that’s bit more visually appealing than a mesh or plastic bin, then this is your best choice.

Cinderblock: Like a brick bin, this bin is a permanent one. However, unlike the brick one, it’s a bit cheaper and easier to make. Also, you can stack the blocks facing sideways (therefore exposing the holes inside), which can help to aerate your compost pile.

Garbage Can: Of all the DIY compost bin projects, this one’s the easiest. The only modifications required include drilling holes in the sides and the lid to help aerate the mixture, and you should also find a way to secure the lid—either via bungee cords or a lock. By securing the lid, you can actually roll the can along in order to properly rotate your compost.

Composting is a fun way to recycle and also save money on costly fertilizers. Making a DIY compost bin is fairly easy, so if you have the time, give it a try.


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