Trash Can Compost Bin DIY

Turn a trash can into a compost bin. Great for the DIYer.

We've had a garden for the past 3 years but this year we wanted to get more serious about it and knew that we needed to have our own compost bin. After doing some searching we realized that to buy one was going to be pretty expensive. Since we live in the city doing an open concept bin is a bit risky because we didn't want to run the risk of it possibly smelling as it decomposes and irritating the neighbors.

 So after doing a bit of research we stumbled across an ideal solution to our dilemma and it required us to purchase absolutely nothing. Zero, zilch, zip, nada. We had an old empty trash can that used to house dog feed until we started keeping him in the house and downsized to a bin that fit in our laundry room. The bin has been sitting empty for a couple of years now and was the answer to our needs.

Turn a trash can into a compost bin. Great for the DIYer.

 
We started by drilling holes into the sides of the can all the way around. We tried to make them even as we went and alternated the starting point each row.

Turn a trash can into a compost bin. Great for the DIYer.

 
Then we flipped it upside down and did the same to the bottom. At this point we switched the drill bit to a smaller size so that the holes were a bit smaller.


Turn a trash can into a compost bin. Great for the DIYer.


Here it is finished.


Turn a trash can into a compost bin. Great for the DIYer.


We put some bits and pieces of twigs and leaves and grass we had laying around. We will most likely pull out the twigs after we get a straw bale that we'll use as green material until the grass gets long enough to cut.

Turn a trash can into a compost bin. Great for the DIYer.


Now we have a place to put vegetable scraps, coffee grinds, and crushed eggshells. In a few months it will be an excellent source of fertilizer for the garden.

 **This design is perfect for a small backyard or a place in the city. However make sure you use plenty of green material, aka grass cuttings, leaves, hay, or straw to mix in with your scraps otherwise it will start smelling. I had that happen this past week but as soon as I added more green material the smell dissipated completely.

 If you are unfamiliar with a compost bin but would like to start one you may put any of the following food scraps into a compost pile/bin- raw fruit and veggie scraps, crushed eggshells, coffee grinds and their filters, organic tea leaves and their bags. Do not add meats, cheeses or dairy, or any cooked foods to your bin. Unfortunately even though they're food they are not ideal for composting and could attract unwanted critters.


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