10 Compost Bin Plans

A wooden compost bin outside a house

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If you're looking for a way to get rich soil for your garden or plants while taking care of food waste, consider using one of these compost bin plans so you have a dedicated area to compost. Building your own compost bin is a great budget-saving alternative to buying one.

Composting is an easy process with a lot of benefits that takes green waste (fruit, vegetables, weeds, eggshells, and coffee grinds) and brown waste (leaves, sticks, cardboard, newspaper) and mixes it all together until everything decomposes to make rich soil. Be sure to learn what you should and shouldn't compost before beginning.

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    Under $5 Worm Bin

    A black plastic worm bin in a yard

    Attainable Sustainable 

    Creating a worm bin is a great way to begin composting, and takes up a lot less room than a large composter. All you need is a couple of five-gallon buckets and an hour time to make this under $5 worm bin.

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    Trash Can Compost Bin

    A person putting compost in a trash can

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    Making a compost bin out of a trash can is a great way to get a compost pile going quickly and without much of a budget. You'll need a plastic trash can with a lid and a few other materials to build it. The whole project will take you less than an hour.

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    Compost Bin Built from Pallets

    A compost bin built out of pallets

    Mike's Backyard Nursery

    Here's a free compost bin plan that's an affordable choice for someone who wants a permanent area for compost, but isn't looking to spend very much money. This plan uses pallets to build the frame and some hardware to keep everything together. It's pretty easy to find free pallets, making this an inexpensive way to compost.

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    Wooden Compost Bin

    A wooden compost bin outside a house

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    If you're serious about composting and want to make a commitment to build something that will last, this wooden outdoor compost bin is what you'll want. A hinged lid makes it easy to add in items you want to compost but is sturdy enough to keep out any animals. Added features include hardware cloth which provides air circulation and hinged access to the bottom of the bin to get out the composted soil.

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    Wire Fence Compost Bin

    Compost bins built with wire

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    If you have an area outside where you'd like to start a compost pile, this plan will show you how to make it secure by surrounding it with chicken wire. You can easily change the size of this compost bin depending on the area you have.

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    Tote Compost Bin

    A black plastic tote in a yard

    Just Call Me Homegirl

    A plastic tote can easily make a compost bin with some drilled holes to promote air circulation. Since this compost bin is low to the ground, it's also a great way to get kids involved with composting.

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    Straw Bale Compost Bin

    Straw bales in a yard

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    Another way to make a permanent outside compost pile is by surrounding it with straw bales. This lets you decide the size of the pile and you can easily change it as you see fit. It also provides insulation making quicker compost. As the straw breaks down it can easily be incorporated into the compost pile.

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    Compost Tumbler

    A compost tumbler in a field

    Kinda Crunchy Kate 

    This compost bin plan makes a compost tumbler, which makes it very easy to turn over your compost. These can be pricey if you buy one, but this tutorial shows you how to make one on the cheap with an old barrel and some sawhorses.

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    Plastic Storage Container Compost Bin

    A woman putting kitchen waste into a compost bin

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    Here's a slightly different way to build a compost bin out of plastic storage bin. It includes directions on how to cover your drilled holes with wire mesh if you'd like to get even more air circulation inside the bin.

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    Dig and Drop Composting

    A plan shoveling in his garden

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    The easiest, quickest, and cheapest way to start composting for a garden is using the dig and drop method. All you need to do is a dig a hole by your garden and then add your organic matter to it. Cover the hole back up and you'll enrich the soil for your garden. If you're looking for a way to use this method for a large garden, consider trench composting.