How to Use a Countertop Composter


Although many cities are recycling plastic and paper goods, San Francisco is the first city in the country to make compost recycling mandatory, according to the The citizens of San Francisco are finding out what many gardeners already know: composting is a good way to turn kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich dirt that plants will thrive in. But kitchen scraps can create quite a stinky mess just sitting in a pail under the sink. To rectify this, some companies have manufacture countertop composters to help compost small batches of vegetable scraps or to hold scraps until you can take them to your compost pile.

Step 1

Cut vegetable and fruit scraps and other large, organic kitchen scraps into 1-inch pieces with kitchen shears.

Step 2

Place kitchen scraps along with egg shells, coffee grounds into your countertop composter.

Step 3

Close the lid on the composter to hold odors in.

Step 4

When the crock becomes full, empty it into your compost bin, or empty the kitchen scraps into a grocery bag and take them to your nearest community garden's compost heap.

Step 5

Replace the activated charcoal filter in the lid of your countertop composter every six months by pulling out the old filter and pressing the new one into the filter opening on the inside of the lid.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid putting meat, fat, cheese, dairy, oil, grease or butter into your kitchen composter. Also avoid putting seeds into your composter, since they can sprout in a compost pile.

Things You'll Need

  • Countertop composter
  • Kitchen shears
  • Charcoal filter
  • Grocery bag


  • The Huffington Post: How to be a Countertop Composter
  • Green Daily: The Perfect Countertop Compost Container
  • EcoSalon: Countertop Composting

Who Can Help

  • SF Gate: S.F. Oks Toughest Recycling Law in U.S.
Keywords: countertop compost crock, home composting, saving kitchen scraps

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."