Easy Way to Compost Kitchen Waste


You can buy an elaborate charcoal composter for your kitchen countertop, or you can use any wide-mouth container with a tight lid already in your kitchen. A good choice for a countertop composter is a wide-mouth jug or can similar to those in which ground coffee is sold.

Step 1

Place the jug or can on the counter next to the kitchen sink. This makes it easy to toss in wet vegetable peelings and other kitchen waste.

Step 2

Add egg shells, coffee grounds and fruit peels to the compost container.

Step 3

Toss small amounts of leftover vegetables and fruits into the container when they are available.

Step 4

Empty the compost can into an outdoor compost bin at the end of each day or when it is full.

Step 5

Rinse the jug outdoors with a garden hose. Wash and dry the jug with hot, soapy water when you bring it back indoors before using it again. This will help to prevent odors from building up.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid adding meat, bone, fat or dairy products to the compost container. This can attract rodents and other small animals to the outdoor compost bin.

Things You'll Need

  • Wide-mouth jug or can with lid


  • North Carolina State University: Kitchen Composting Reduces Garbage!
  • Berkeley Parents Network: Recycling Food Scraps
  • University of Illinois: Countertop Compost
Keywords: counter top compost, compost kitchen waste, indoor compost jug

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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.