How to Bucket Compost


Composting turns organic waste into a dark and crumbly soil amendment that garden plants love. An outdoor compost heap can take over an entire corner of a backyard, but composting doesn't need to be so expansive. As demonstrated by the celebrity chefs on the Food Network, composting can be carried out in your own home using a countertop or discrete bucket to save your cooking scraps. Not only does bucket composting reduce your green waste, but it also helps feed your plants--all from the comfort of your kitchen.

Step 1

Place the plastic bucket under your kitchen counter or near your kitchen's food preparation areas. Keep the bucket in a convenient area to make food scrap disposal easier.

Step 2

Add a layer of dry material, such as shredded newspaper or cardboard.

Step 3

Throw in moist kitchen scraps, such as vegetables, flower cuttings, bread, eggshells and fruit. Alternate adding in even amounts of wet and dry ingredients.

Step 4

Toss in organic waste as you use it in your kitchen instead of throwing it in your regular wastebasket. Stir the mixture with a hand-held garden spade, garden fork or kitchen trowel every time you add waste.

Step 5

Cover the bucket when it is half full. Set the bucket aside in a closet or garage for three months. Stir the mixture once a week during this time. The waste you've added will decompose and turn into compost.

Tips and Warnings

  • Add more dry material if the compost mixture begins to smell.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon plastic bucket with cover
  • Food waste
  • Hand-held garden spade


  • The Food Network: Kitchen Composting
  • "The Complete Compost Gardening Guide;" Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin; 2008

Who Can Help

  • The Food Network: Composting Video
Keywords: bucket compost, compost basics, kitchen compost

About this Author

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.