How to Build a Compost Bin on an Incline


A compost bin enables homeowners to recycle kitchen and garden scrap to create compost, an organic matter packed with essential nutrients that improves the quality of garden and container soil. This viable option of reusing household waste also reduces the amount of unnecessary space it takes up in landfills. Create compost an open heap or pile, or enclosed bin. It can also be created on a flat surface, or on an incline if you live on a hill.

How to Build a Compost Bin on an Incline

Step 1

Select a relatively shady area on the incline where you want to build your compost bin. It should be close to your house so you can fill it with waste easily, even in extreme weather conditions.

Step 2

Demarcate a 3-foot square on the incline with spray paint. Use a shovel to dig dirt in the demarcated area on the incline to level it. Dig more towards the back due to the incline than the front; working towards a flat and level base. Check the base with a carpenter's level to make sure it is even and smooth, and remove dirt if a certain portion is higher than the other. Collect all the dirt in a wheelbarrow and dispose of it appropriately.

Step 3

Purchase four 3-foot long and equally high pressure-treated wooden pallets from a furniture store, and several feet of galvanized heavy gauge wire from your local hardware store.

Step 4

Stand the wooden pallets carefully over the demarcated area so they form an open box. Use wire snips to cut the wire into eight equal pieces, each about 8 to 10 inches long.

Step 5

Insert a length of wire through the top corners of any two pallets where they meet to attach them together. Twist the wire several times so it is secure. Repeat the procedure with the lower corners of the same pallets. One corner of your compost bin is secure. Join all the corners of the wooden pallets, using lengths of wire at the tops and bottoms.

Step 6

Fill your compost bin with alternating layers of 'green' and 'brown' waste; ensuring each layer is 3-inches thick. Green waste includes leaf and grass clippings and leftover food scraps, while browns include coffee filters, cardboard, shredded paper bags, stem and wood pieces. Wet the contents to make sure they are evenly moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Spray paint
  • Gloves
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Carpenter's level
  • Four wooden pallets
  • Galvanized heavy-gauge wire
  • Wire snips
  • Kitchen and yard scrap
  • Garden hose


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  • Composting
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