How to Build a Small Compost Bin


Although compost bins were once considered to be primarily for use by larger gardens and farms, today, compost is even being created in apartments and small homes for use in gardens and containers on patios and rooftops. A compost bin is a way to recycle shredded newspaper and mail along with kitchen scraps. A small compost container is perfect for use under the sink or in the backyard or garage.

Step 1

Drill ½-inch holes throughout the top, sides and bottom of the plastic storage container. The holes should be evenly spaced about 1 to 2 inches apart in alternating rows to promote air circulation throughout the container.

Step 2

Layer kitchen scraps and shredded newspaper throughout the container in a ratio of one-part kitchen scraps to six-parts shredded newspaper.

Step 3

Open the container and stir your compost pile once a week with a garden trowel.

Step 4

Wait up to three months for compost to decompose into usable soil.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never add fats, oil, meat or dairy products to your compost bin. These products will turn rancid and attract vermin.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon plastic storage tub
  • Drill
  • ½-inch drill bit
  • Kitchen scraps
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Garden trowel


  • Thrifty Fun
  • You Grow Girl
  • New York City Composting Project
Keywords: home composting, rooftop gardens, contanier plants

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After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.