Best kind of composting bin for DIY home composting?

Asked December 1, 2019, 10:25 AM EST

Hi Extension Experts We want to start home composting. I've been searching for a good composting bin we can set up in our backyard. I've heard that bins you can rotate are easier to maintain than ones that require a lot of shovel mixing. Though when I try to look at different rotational compost bins, some reviews mention problems with their stability. I've also heard that you want to be careful to get a compost bin that doesn't leak too much as that can attract rats. Do you have suggestions on the kind/type/or brand of composting bin that's good for a home composter? Thank you!

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1 Response

There is not a specific composting bin that works best for all. You will have to decide which system best suits your needs and where to locate your composting system. There are pros and cons to each. For example, the tumblers have to be large enough to heat up. The 3 bin system provides more space than a single unit and is ideal for hot/fast composting, etc.
Take a look at our website and other references for composting information and structure types.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/composting
http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/compost_bins_methods.htm
http://ncmg.ucanr.org/files/118303.PDF
https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/landscape/dont-bag-it/chapter-3-composting-structures/

Lastly, take a look at the website 'Institute for Self Reliance' and composting. This is geared towards community gardens but you may find some answers. https://ilsr.org/composting/

Here is some information on rats and compost. You can do a google search on rat-proofing compost for more information http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/ratsincompost.htm

Marian