The Trash Can Compost Bin: What Is A Compost Bin?
A compost bin is a container used to store organic material such as food scraps or yard waste. It is usually made out of recycled materials like wood, glass, paper, plastic or metal. They are not meant to be environmentally friendly but rather they are intended to reduce your carbon footprint and save money in the long run.
What Are The Benefits Of Making Your Own Compost Bins From A Wheelie Bin?
You will have less waste disposal costs and you won’t need to buy expensive composting chemicals. You can also reuse them again and again if needed. They are easy to use and don’t require any special skills. If you want to get rid of the excess food scraps, then you can just throw it into a regular trashcan or even a garden.
How To Make A Compost Bin From A Wheelie Bin?
First of all, you need to decide what kind of bin you would like to make. There are two types: wheelie bins and traditional trash cans. The first type is made from wheels while the second one is made from a flat surface. Some people prefer using wheelies because they are easier to move around and there’s no danger of falling down when carrying them around.
The second thing that you will need is the tools. You can make a compost bin yourself if you have the right tools such as saws, screwdrivers and hammers. If not, then you would need to buy them from a local hardware store.
The next step is to put on your safety gear such as gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes. This is especially important if you are working with wood because splinters can get into your fingers and dust from sawing can get in your eyes. Other protective gear such as earmuffs, dust masks, and boots should also be worn.
Take the wheelie bin and measure the height, width and length of each side with a measuring tape. Then take these measurements and transfer them to the plywood that you will be using as the lid. You will need to cut the plywood so that it will form a perfect fit for the wheelie bin.
You can now fix the plywood on top of the wheelie bin. Use a drill gun or screws to keep the plywood in place.
You can now start filling up your compost bin with all types of organic material such as fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds and filters, eggshells, grass clippings and leaves just to name a few. Make sure that you keep the organic material at a moisture level that is about 50% wet to 50% dry. You can also add some soil to make it more dirt like as opposed to just a big pile of vegetable peelings and fruit scraps.
What Is The Best Way To Manage Your Compost In A Wheelie Bin Compost Bin?
It’s important that you turn the pile over once a week so that it doesn’t become too wet on the inside. Turning it over helps to make sure that the moisture content is even throughout.
You should also check on it and give it a little bit of water if the materials start to look like they are drying out. At the same time, don’t over water it or your compost could start to smell which is something that you definitely want to avoid.
After a few months, you will have some good quality compost that is rich in nutrients. This is the perfect way for you to enrich your garden soil so that your flowers and vegetables have everything that they need to grow big and strong.
If you haven’t got the space for a compost heap, or don’t want to make your own compost bin, then you might want to think about buying a wheelie bin to use instead.
Sources & references used in this article:
Compost bin by J MacArthur – US Patent App. 29/490,863, 2015 – Google Patents
Easily openable compost bin and method for employing same by JE Laurion – US Patent 6,450,362, 2002 – Google Patents
Efficiency of the household compost bin as a waste management technique in Sri Lanka by L Lekammudiyanse, SK Gunatilake – International Journal of Basic …, 2009 – academia.edu
Compost bin by TL Faul – US Patent 4,683,674, 1987 – Google Patents
Trash can with internal storage cavity by W Williams – US Patent App. 29/254,536, 2007 – Google Patents
Portable compost container by MWA Petzinger – US Patent 4,105,412, 1978 – Google Patents
Lid for a compost bin by LR Gedye – US Patent App. 05/846,998, 1980 – Google Patents