How to Use a Compost Spinner


A compost spinner, better known as a compost tumbler, is a compost bin located inside of a barrel on a set of bearings. This allows the spinner to mix the compost in an action that mimics turning a compost pile. Compost piles should be turned completely inside out every few days to speed the process of decomposition during hot composting. Compost spinners make the process of creating compost easier and cleaner than bin composting.

Step 1

Collect kitchen scraps and cut them into 1-inch pieces. Pile them in freezer bags.

Step 2

Place the scraps in the freezer until you are ready to fill the bin.

Step 3

Rake up grass clippings, dead leaves and other yard wastes.

Step 4

Mow over the yard wastes to cut them down to 1-inch pieces. Bag all yard wastes until you are ready to use them.

Step 5

Pile kitchen scraps, grass clippings and yard wastes into your compost tumbler at the same time.

Step 6

Turn the tumbler once daily to mix the compost. Your compost should be usable in approximately two weeks.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never add compost items to the bin haphazardly. Add all your items to the bin at once.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost spinner
  • Kitchen shears
  • Freezer bags
  • Freezer
  • Lawn mower
  • Lawn bags


  • University of Arkansas Extension: Compost Tumblers
  • Montana State University: Solid Waste Management Series Home Composting
  • NC State University: Growing Small Farms

Who Can Help

  • University of Delaware: Yard Waste and Composting
Keywords: Using compost tumblers, making compost, creating compost

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Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."