How to Make a Compost Maker


Most first-time compost makers choose to use a compost bin to make their compost. There are many different types of compost bins on the market. But the majority of them are little more than plastic containers with sealable lids. And there's no reason why you can't replicate that at home for a fraction of the cost. Any lidded plastic bin that is roughly 3 cubic feet or lager can make a suitable compost maker.

Step 1

Wash the container and lid with soap and water.

Step 2

Drill six bands of holes that wrap around the perimeter of the container. Space the rows out evenly from the top to the bottom of the container. Individual holes should be at least 6 inches apart to maintain the integrity of the compost bin.

Step 3

Rinse the container with a hose to wash away any plastic debris that may be inside the container.

Step 4

Put the lid on the container and keep it on whenever you are not filling the compost bin or turning its ingredients. Otherwise predators may invade your compost.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic container with lid
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch bit


  • University of Missouri: How to Build a Compost Bin
  • Ohio State University: Composting at Home
  • University of Illinois: Building your Compost Pile
Keywords: make compost, compost maker, compost bin

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Emma Gin is a freelance writer who specializes in green, healthy and smart living. She is currently working on developing a weight-loss website that focuses on community and re-education. Gin is also working on a collection of short stories, because she knows what they say about idle hands.