How to compost for beginners: the easy 2-trash can method
Solution? Garbage bin composters = NO MAINTENANCE.
- Why Trash Can Composting?
- Tools & Supplies: Preparation
- Instructions: Create Your Own
- For More Information
Well, green readers, I'm trying to put a little less waste into landfills and a little more free, organic fertilizer into my square foot garden box.
However, as much as I love the environment, I am also poor AND lazy. So I decided to make my own composter, tailored to my fix-it-and-forget-it mentality.
The trash bin composter is perfect, you simply:
- Use a small kitchen compost bin for daily waste.
- Empty kitchen bin into one of the outdoor trash cans until it is full.
- Then, start filling up the other garbage bin.
By the time the 2nd can is full, the first has turned to yummy garden compost, with NO TURNING OR MAINTENANCE on your part.
KINDS of compost I've thrown in my cans with no ill effects:
- brown (leaves & yard waste)
- green (vegetable waste)
- OTHER (meat/animal by-products)
ADDED BONUS: the cans only smell when I open them to put in more waste.
- Buy or find 2 galvanized steel trash cans.
- Quality construction: each bin must have a tight-fitting lid and sound seams.
- Size of can: This depends on your household. 30-gallon bins turned out to be WAY too big for my 2-person household.
- Borrow a corded drill.
Don't use a cordless drill. Drilling through metal = a need for power.
- Borrow a big drill bit.
- One needs at least a 3/8" bit.
- I splurged and bought a 1" two-piece, bi-metal hole saw bit and pilot bit, because it goes through metal well and because I thought I might use it later to make more rain barrels.
- Borrow a shovel/mattock for digging.
We had to use a mattock (the mongrel version of a pick axe), to get through the hard-packed clay in our backyard.
- Borrow a tape measure.
- Find a place to bury trash can composters.
- the possible smell won't bother you/your neighbors
- the sight of half-buried trashcans won't bother you/your neighbors
- you have (relatively) easy access from your kitchen
- Find a place to drill safely.
I used the concrete patio in our back yard, you might use a similar concrete surface in your patio, garage, driveway, etc.
- Safety gear: goggles, gloves, shoes, long sleeves and trousers.
Oops - my nephew forgot the long pants!