Set Up: Piles, Bins, Tumblers & More

There are a variety of composting options which all accomplish the same task of breaking down organic material into a rich, soil amendment. Composting can be done in:

  • Bins
  • Piles
  • Pits
  • Trenches
  • Tumblers
  • The use of worms, cover crops or sheet composting

Bins & Tumblers

Bins and / or tumblers come in a variety of different shapes and forms, and are made from numerous materials including:

  • Chicken wire
  • Garbage cans
  • Old lumber
  • Pallets
  • Plastics
  • PVC
  • Rain barrels
  • Snow fences
  • Any other material one has access to

Bins are often preferred in urban settings, because they keep compost neat and tucked away while providing heat and moisture retention, but piles are generally easier to access and maintain. Compost tumblers are also available, and these overcome the potential maintenance challenges of bins, but are generally expensive and don't have the benefit of keeping your compost in contact with the ground, which is a source of useful organisms vital in the role or decomposition.

Bin Types

drawn collage of compost bin types