Hubby and I had been talking about making a compost bin for a long time. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the bin but wanted something that was enclosed. I did a little research and found that you can easily make a compost bin out of a plastic trash can! We had an old trash can laying around so we spent zero out of pocket for our compost bin!
What you need:
Large plastic trash can
Drill with 1/2″ bit
Wood or cement blocks
We used the 1/2″ drill bit to make 4 holes in the top of the lid. We then continued to drill holes all along the sides of the trash can.
Compost needs air so make sure you have plenty of holes. We have 25 to 30 holes all around our trash can.
Don’t forget the bottom of the trash can! Once all of the holes are drilled, place the trash can upon blocks. This allows for airflow for the bottom of the bin. Use a bungee cord to secure the lid. To mix the compost we just roll the trash can around a few times.
We place the following in our compost bin:
- egg shells
- coffee grounds
- fruit and vegetable peels
- grass clippings
You want more brown material than green to keep your compost active. That means more dead leaves than fresh vegetables etc. You also want the compost to be moist- not soaking wet but just moist.
Do you have a compost bin? What are your tips?