I really want to compost in the summer. I hear objections each time I mention it, "The bears will get into it." "The bins they make are too small." "It will stink." The last time I asked I heard, "Fine, if you want one then figure it out and build it."
I’m not a carpenter and I don’t have a clue how to go about creating a compost bin that would keep bears out and not stink. If you have any suggestions or places to look, then please let me know. I’m willing to give it a try. Here’s what Idealbyte has to say about the subject.
How can yesterday’s table scraps feed hundreds?
Of worms, that is. Easy: Compost your organic waste and use the soil for your garden or houseplants for smiles all around.
- Meals, not dumps. A Biter household can keep 500 lb of perfectly biodegradable kitchen and garden waste out of landfills every year (and most stuff doesn’t decompose in landfills).
- Fine botanical dining. Composting recycles nutrients in your scraps, producing soil that’s like a gourmet dinner for your plants.
- It’s as simple as 1-2-3-flora. New in-kitchen compost gadgets make composting easy and isolate the stink, so your house won’t smell like a barn. Some cities even offer curbside bin pickup (à la recycling bins).
Jen gives each of her seven chickens turns in the compost heap while she works in her backyard.
- Just a few of the items you can compost: bread, cereals, and pastas, coffee grounds and filters, eggshells, fruits and veggies, grass clippings, and most teabags.
- Check with your garbage company, and see if it offers curbside bins for compost pickup.
- EnviroCycle Composter – 5-gal composter for your garage or yard; just give it a spin for easy mixing and aerating ($169).
- Worm Chalet – three-tiered worm-based composter; keep it in your kitchen if you collect the fresh compost from its spigot regularly. Also: worms ($159).
- Kitchen Compost Crock – nifty, stinkless ceramic pot you can put on your counter or under the sink for collecting compostables until you get around to carting them outdoors ($24).
- The Complete Compost Gardening Guide – new, easy-does-it guide, including DIY instructions for making your own compost bins ($14).
- Compost Guide – everything you ever wanted to know about composting, and then some.
- Compost This – UK site that lets you know what you can and can’t compost (aubergine means eggplant, BTW).
If 10,000 Biters compost 3 lb of kitchen scraps each week, we’ll keep the weight of more than 10,000 sanitation workers worth of waste outta landfills every year.