How to Build Plastic Compost Bins


Compost bins are an environmentally healthy way to recycle and create a fertilizer that can be used to enrich the soil in your garden. Compost bins can be purchased or made from material such as wood or plastic. Compost bins that are made from inexpensive plastic are the easiest and most cost-effective to maintain. Most importantly, you need to make sure that the plastic bins that you purchase are large enough to hold organic material and red worms. Also, you will need to make sure that you'll be able to drill holes into the plastic bins.

Step 1

Drill at least 20 holes into the bottom of an 8-gallon plastic storage container. Make sure to use a 1/4-inch drill bit and to space the small holes evenly so that they are not close together.

Step 2

Drill holes onto the side of the plastic container using a 1/16-inch drill bit. Make sure that the holes are at least 1-inch apart. Drill 30 holes on the top of the container lid using the same drill bit.

Step 3

Shred newspaper into 1-inch strips and slightly moisten the newspaper. Fill the bottom of the container with at least 3 inches of the moist newspaper strips. You can also add any dead leaves or grass clippings.

Step 4

Add 1 lb. of red worms to the bedding. You can purchase red worms at your local bait and tackle store. Place a thin piece of cardboard over the worms and shredded newspaper. The worms will feed on the cardboard; you'll have to add more within a month.

Step 5

Place your container in a ventilated area such as your garage or underneath your kitchen sink. You can then start to feed your worms with leftover kitchen scraps, such as fruit, coffee grounds and ground-up egg shells.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 8-gallon plastic storage containers
  • Drill with 1/4-inch and 1/16-inch bits
  • Newspaper
  • 1-lb. red worms
  • Cardboard


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Keywords: red worms, compost, plastic container

About this Author

Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.