How to Make Your Own Indoor Composting Bin

Got a few DIY skills? Here's a tutorial on how to reuse your kitchen scraps and save the environment.

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In case you haven't heard already, composting is a great way to help the environment without doing much work. Simply by saving your food scraps in a concealed container, you can make your own compost that can be fed to your garden. And it's fun to do, too! Below, we show you how to do indoor composting while busting a few myths about the topic. You'll rethink the way you toss your kitchen scraps!
 
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What You Need

  • Drill
  • Container (go for a metal bin with a lid)
  • Shallow tray with sides to place under your container
  • Dirt
  • Kitchen scraps
  • Shredded newspapers
 

Step 1: Make Bin

Use a drill to place a few holes in the bottom of the metal container. Then place the container in the shallow tray with sides.

You can store your compost bin under the sink, on the counter, or on a balcony or deck.

Step 2: Fill with Scraps

Add a little dirt, some kitchen scraps (the smaller you can chop up your scraps, the better), and the shredded newspapers. Wet the surface. Continue layering every day as you cook in your kitchen.

Step 3: Stir

Stir the compost every week or so until it is ready to use. Be sure to put the lid back on tightly to avoid attracting unwanted pests.

How to Add Compost to an Established Garden

Your Problems Solved

Smell: If smell is holding you back from having an indoor compost bin, don't fret—smell can be controlled easier than you think. If your bin is starting to stink, add dry leaves or newspaper to your pile. This will balance the wet-dry content ratio, controlling any acidic odors.

Rodents and Pests: The first step to keeping away rodents and pests is your choice of compost container. Sticking to a solid-side bin with a lid will keep unwanted critters out. Also, avoid meats, dairy, and fats in your compost bin—these contents will attract company.

Slow Decomposition: Make sure you stir your pile with a hand trowel or shovel at least once a week to aerate oxygen into the mixture. Keeping small contents (such as cut-up banana peels) in the pile will also speed up the breaking-down process.

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