How to Make Your Own Compost Container


Composting is an easy way to recycle some of your waste into rich, useful fertilizer for your garden. Most of the waste from cooking and lawn care can be naturally returned to the earth in your own backyard. Once the waste is in the bin, worms and other decomposers do all the work for you.

Step 1

Cut the bottom out of an old garbage bin with a lid. It can be a hinged lid or a removable one.

Step 2

Cut a 6-by-6-inch square flap in the bin near the bottom by cutting along three sides of a square.

Step 3

Place the bin in your backyard on an area of open dirt. This will allow worms to tunnel up into it.

Step 4

Put kitchen waste, such as vegetable peelings and eggshells, and backyard wastes, such as lawn clipping, weeds and leaves, in the bin. Avoid putting in meat scraps, chemically treated wood products and non-biodegradable waste. For a more thorough guide on what to compost, see the link in Resources.

Step 5

When you accumulate 4 inches of compost, add a shovel full of soil on top of the waste. If your compost looks very dry, add some water to it.

Step 6

Use a pitchfork to mix the waste with the soil and stir the compost around about every two weeks.

Step 7

Open the flap in the bottom to get compost out for your garden. It should take about three to six months to get usable compost, which will have an earthy smell and look like rich soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Garbage bin
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Kitchen waste
  • Yard waste
  • Soil
  • Shovel
  • Pitchfork


  • Environmental Defense Fund: How to Build a Compost Bin

Who Can Help

  • What to Compost
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