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How to Make an Indoor Composting Bin In 4 Easy Steps

Do you love gardening? Or maybe you’re tossing around the idea of starting your very own veggie patch this Spring? Whatever the case, making your own organic compost can really help your gardening game.

Not only that, it also cuts down on the amount of organic waste that’s just being tossed in landfills, unable to properly break down into the Earth due to the numerous other man-made waste that occupies the space.

But, heading out to the backyard compost bin every time you have organic materials to dispose of can be annoying. So, having a neat little kitchen countertops compost bin can come in handy. Sure, you can buy one, but you could also save some cash and make one with the objects found in most homes. Check it out!

Here’s What You Will Need

1. Plastic Coffee Bin with Lid

I used a Folgers bin because it’s the perfect size and comes with a lid that has a decent seal. You can, however, us any sort of bin with a removable lid. It can be plastic, metal, or ceramic. Just keep in mind that the lid has to be drilled into.

2. Disposable Charcoal Filter

These you can buy at any hardware store, or any pet store in the kitty litter section. I got mine at the hardware store in the Kitchen & Plumbing area.

3. Drill with ¼” Drill Bit

This is to make the holes neat and round in the lid. You can go smaller than ¼”, but would need to make a few extra holes. I wouldn’t recommend going larger because then you risk the odor escaping.

4. Glue Gun and a Glue Stick

Glue gun works great, but so does Krazy Glue if that’s’ what you have on hand.

Here’s How to Do It, Step by Step

1. Find a Plastic Container with a Lid

Like I mentioned above, I used a red Folger’s coffee bin because it’s plastic, easy to clean, and comes with a decent lid that was easy to drill into. You can use whatever you want, though. And if you’re needing something on a larger scale, a plastic garbage bin with a sealed lid would work just the same.

2. Clean the Container

Just use warm, soapy water to clean and disinfect the bin. Seems silly, seeing as what goes in it, but starting out with a fresh bin can set the scale for your kitchen composting. Make sure to dry completely before using.

3. Drill Holes in the Lid

Take the drill and ¼” bit and begin to drill holes in the lid. 8-10 should do it. If you use a smaller size bit, then I suggest you add another few extra holes to make up for it. You will get a little bit of straggly bits around the edges, just pull them off or take the scissors to them.

4. Cut & Glue Filter to Lid

Take the filter and cut to size for fitting inside the lid. If you couldn’t find one large enough, the fit two together with a tight seam. This is to prevent most of the odor from escaping.

Keep in mind, that because this is a kitchen counter compost bin, you’re not really meant to keep the food in there too long, anyways. Don’t let the contents fill to the point where it touches the filter.

Take some hot glue and add a few dabs to the underside of the lid, attach the filter(s) in place and press firmly while drying. This will make sure the filter stays in place for good. Don’t use too much glue as it can melt the plastic lid. Krazy Glue also works as an alternative, just use in the same way.


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Tip 1:

You can use a very thin bead of hot glue around the inside of the lid’s rim to give your DIY compost bin a better, tighter seal. This will help with any extra odors.

Tip 2:

You can hide the bin in the cupboard with the garbage can, or you could keep in on the countertop for easy access. If you do, then consider spray painting it a cool color to blend in with your kitchen décor!


Did you enjoy this simple tutorial on how to make your very own kitchen compost bin? I hope so! They’re super easy to make and can seriously help you with your gardening compost needs.

Remember, composting not only provides you with organic fertilizer for your plants and property, but it’s also good for the environment. It cuts down on waste immensely and frees up the space in landfills.

Let us know what you think and if you tried this tutorial yourself! Comment and share below if you have any questions or extra tips to add!

About The Author

Candace Osmond

Award Winning Designer, Candace Osmond has been in the industry for over a decade. She studied Interior Decorating & Design and is also an accomplished writer and multi-published author. When she's not typing away from the comforts of her desk, Candace can be found travelling to warm destinations, tending to her garden, or enjoying the outdoor haven that is her backyard. Candace currently resides in the breathtaking Maritimes of Eastern Canada with her husband, two beautiful kids and one slobbery bulldog.


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