How to Make Homemade Compost Bins


Composting organic waste is one realistic way to reduce the amount of waste that is thrown into landfills. Because of this, the city of San Francisco has a mandatory composting program. However, anyone can compost at home by placing organic wastes into a pile and allowing them to decompose into nutrient rich, black soil. To keep your compost pile neat and to speed the process of composting, you can build a compost tumbler bin.

Step 1

Pull on work gloves and safety goggles before starting your project.

Step 2

Attach 1/2-inch drill bit to your drill. Drill holes throughout your trash can's top, sides and bottom, spacing each hole approximately 6 inches apart.

Step 3

Place the trash can on top of the concrete blocks to facilitate air circulation throughout your compost bin.

Step 4

Layer compost in the bin by alternating nitrogen-rich green organic compost, and carbon-rich brown organic materials. Add slightly more brown material to your compost pile to achieve a good ratio of brown to green material.

Step 5

Stir your compost once a week by taking the can off of the blocks and rolling it around on its side to help the compost break down faster.

Things You'll Need

  • Galvanized metal garbage can with lid
  • 2 concrete blocks
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Work gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Green organic material such as kitchen scraps and grass clippings
  • Brown organic material such as dead leaves and newspaper


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Keywords: compost bins, organic waste, green materials, brown matter

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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.