I have been searching for an economical compost bin for awhile now. It really kind of shocks me how expensive a big piece of plastic can be! Pretty much every store I went to from Wal-Mart to Costco had compost tumblers and they were around the $150-$200 range. Nuts!
I was very excited when I came upon a guest post on Simple Mom giving instructions on how to make your own bin for around $15. I managed to make mine for under $10!
Here’s how we did it.
1. Buy a large plastic trash can with a lid that will stay on tightly. I bought mine for under $10 at Menards.
2. Drill about 30 holes all around the trash can, from top to bottom.
3. Place can elevated on some wood so that the holes at the bottom of the can are left open to allow airflow in the bin.
4. Add your yard waste and compostable food scraps to can.
5. Keep compost at a good moisture level, and frequently “turn” the compost. Simply put the lid on the bin tightly and roll around in the yard so the compost can be turned.
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