How to Countertop Compost


Countertop composting is a way to collect vegetable and fruit waste that would normally go down the disposal and use it to help grow and maintain an outdoor compost pile. While you can purchase decorative countertop compost containers, any large container with a lid will work just as well. Composting kitchen waste, along with other organic material, is a simple first step to going green, and your vegetable or flower garden or containers will love the results.

Step 1

Choose a can or jug with a large mouth opening and lid. This will make it easier to toss food scraps into the compost. Coffee cans make a simple countertop compost bucket.

Step 2

Toss vegetable peelings, fruit skins, coffee grinds, bread crusts and cooked leftovers into the bin daily. You can also add eggshells, pasta, rice, tea and other grains to the compost with no problems. Avoid adding meats, bone or fats to the compost as these can turn rancid quickly.

Step 3

Dump the countertop compost bucket onto your regular compost pile regularly as it fills up. If your city offers a "green waste" recycling program, you can place your countertop compost in the bin provided by the program.

Step 4

Rinse the compost bucket using the garden hose outdoors before bringing it back into the house.

Step 5

Wash and dry the compost container using hot, soapy water before using it for kitchen waste. This will help prevent smells and remove any dried-on grime.

Things You'll Need

  • Large can or jug with lid
  • Outdoor compost pile or
  • Green recycling service
  • Garden hose


  • North Carolina State University: Kitchen Composting Reduces Garbage!
  • Berkeley Parents Network: Recycling Food Scraps
  • University of Illinois: Countertop Compost
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G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.