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Popular Composters, Compost Bins and Composting Accessories

Let's take a look at what compost bins, composters and composting accessories have been popular over the last few months. The following is a compilation of the most purchased composters and composting equipment on Amazon – by gardeners and home composters.

Popular Outdoor Composting Bins

Good Ideas 7-Cubic-Foot Compost Wizard Jr., shown in black

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From enclosed bins to composting bins that roll or rotate, there are a wide variety of composters available for backyard use. They all keep your compost hidden while retaining moisture. Here are some of the most popular bins available.

  1. Envirocycle Original Composter
  2. Good Ideas 7-Cubic-Foot Compost Wizard Jr.
  3. Envirocycle Mini Composter
  4. Tumbleweed 200003 58-Gallon Rotating Compost Bin
  5. Soilsaver Classic Composter
  6. Lifetime 60058 75-Gallon Compost Tumbler
  7. Fiskars 5705 75-Gallon Eco Bin Collapsible Composter

Popular Indoor Compost Bins

SCD Probiotics K101 All Seasons Indoor Compost Kit, Black Bucket/Bokashi

With many homeowners selling and moving into rentals, indoor compost bins are becoming more popular. From the versatile Bokashi composters to the NatureMill automatic compost bin, there are composting options available for renters and apartment dwellers. Also see the worm composting bins available.

  1. SCD Probiotics K101 All Seasons Indoor Composter Kit, Bokashi
  2. NatureMill Composter PRO

Popular Compost Pails and Crocks

Norpo 1 Gallon Stainless Steel Compost Keeper

Many compost crocks use carbon filters to keep that garbage smell under control. They are small enough to fit on your kitchen counter and can store food scraps until transferred to your composter.

  1. OXO Good Grips Compost Bin
  2. Exaco Trading ECO-2000 2.4 Gallon Kitchen Compost Waste Collector
  3. Norpro 1 Gallon Ceramic Compost Keeper
  4. Norpo Grip EZ Stainless Steel Compost Keeper
  5. Norpro 1 Gallon Stainless Steel Compost Keeper 
  6. RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel 0.5 Gallon Mini Compost Pail
  7. Clean Air Distributing 2552 1-Gallon Stainless Steel Counter Top Compost Pail

Popular Worm Bin Composters

Worm Factory DS3GT 3-Tray Worm Composter, shown in green

Stacked bins for worm composters allow the worms to work on one section at a time, allowing you to remove fresh compost. The bins are rotated as the worms work their way up through each section.

  1. Worm Factory DS3GT 3-Tray Worm Composter
  2. Worm Factory 360 WF360B Worm Composter

Popular Compost Accessories

Yard Butler CA-36 Compost Aerator

Tools to help you aerate your compost to coconut fiber bricks to biodegradable liners for your compost pails, these gadgets and enhancements will make composting faster and easier. Here are a few of the most popular compost accessories. 

  1. Yard Butler CA-36 Compost Aerator
  2. Norpro Degradable Compost Bags
  3. Eco-co Coir Bricks
  4. ​Natural Catch Fruit Fly Control Trap
  5. ​Compost Thermometer
  6. ​Red Wiggler Worms

Popular Composting Books 

Learn how to get started composting, from building your compost bin to maintenance. These books are the most popular reading materials to teach how to turn household food and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost for your garden.

  1. Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Third Edition) by Stu CampbellLet it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Third Edition)
  2. Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System
  3. The Complete Compost Gardening Guide: Banner batches, grow heaps, comforter compost, and other amazing techniques for saving time and money, and… most flavorful, nutritious vegetables ever.
  4. The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, Third Edition
  5. The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener
  6. Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind

Read more from our Composting category. 

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NatureMill Composter

NatureMill Pro Automatic Composter

NatureMill Pro Automatic Composter – Fully automatic and odor free our NatureMill Pro Composter is the best solution for those who want to compost but don’t have the space outside for a traditional compost pile. Made for serious Composter users.

 

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Same size as the Naturemill Plus Edition Composter with these additional features:

  • Stainless steel internal components for continuous heavy duty use
  • Ideal for large families, gourmet cooks, offices, or small restaurants
  • Foot pedal for convenient hands-free operation
  • Vacation mode – automatically activates after a period of inactivity to conserve energy, and optimize heat and mixing for curing
  • Security locking feature for public areas such as offices or restaurants (padlock not included)
  • Spare carbon filter included for years of hassle-free operation
  • Available in designer colors
  • WARRANTY: 3 years
  • Easy and effective, the features are many and the effort is minimal.
  • The continuous air flow and a powerful carbon filter remove odors.
  • The unit is completely sealed.
  • Indoor or outdoor use, even in cold weather, rain, or snow.
  • Add food waste any time, any day, up to 120 lbs per month.
  • Waste items are processed continuously, mixing every 4 hours, until they are completely ground down to small particles.
  • Compost is ready every 2 weeks. A red light will tell you when to empty the machine. Just open the door and remove the compost. How simple is that?
  • Available in blue, green, black, slate, stainless, and white

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Apartment Composting With a Compost Tumbler

So you want to compost, but you live in an apartment. Don't fret, there are things you can still do. Apartment composting can be done with a traditional compost bin as many are compact and can fit on an apartment patio or balcony.

First, do you have a patio or balcony?

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If you are lucky enough to have a patio or balcony, then you probably have room for plants. Unfortunately I only have room for one Gardenia. Since I don't have any indoor plants, yet, I'm still doing my research on what to get for the best helpers in keeping my air healthy and clean.

So you have plants and you want to give them the benefits of rich soil by means of composting. Good for you, use that food wastage and make it work for the planet. Depending on the size of your patio or balcony, you might have room for an outdoor version compost pile. 

Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler

The Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler is one option and will cost you $169, but check out their sales prices. It features two rotating bins so you can let one side "cook" while filling the other up.

DIY Compost Bin

If you don't have the money for something like this, you can make your own. eHow has an article, How to Make a Compost Bin From a Garbage Can. It uses a recycled garbage, bricks, garden hoses, and old newspapers.  

Luxury: NatureMill PRO XE

What if you don't have a balcony or patio, or even if you do it's simply not large enough. If this describes your situation, there are options for indoor composting bins.

Below is the PRO XE Mill by NatureMill. For $450 it's definitely a luxury. The NatureMill PRO XE is fully automatic and odor free.

Compost is ready every 2 weeks, and the best thing is you can add food waste any time, any day. Waste items are processed continuously, mixed every 4 hours. It's small enough to fit under some lower cabinets, or just place it on the floor in your kitchen. Talk about an easy way to start composting, and it's a composting luxury small enough for apartment living.

​Worm Bin Composting

If you prefer to do it yourself, I came across a homemade Indoor Compost Bin at One-change.com. Click here to see their easy to follow steps and you'll have your homemade compost bin in no time.
 
This system uses worms, so technically it might be better called a Worm bin. They even show pictures to see what's going on.
 

​Apartment Composting Tips

  You're ready to start composting, here's a few tips. If you don't have the indoor composter to do your composting for you automatically, you might want to have two containers to hold your compost materials. That way when the first one is full and processing, you can start filling up the second one.

You'll also want to pick up a compost keeper or compost pail to stay on the kitchen counter.  Target sells a Stainless Steel Compost Keeper for $59.99 and the Ceramic Compost Pail is sold by Williams-Sonoma for only $32.00.

These countertop canisters will collect the food scraps that you will later transfer to your outdoor composter or home made composter. Look for ones that are equipped with a charcoal filter to absorb the food odors. You want it to work well, but not have to smell the process. If it stinks, something's wrong.

What should be put in the compost?

Here is a list from the Environment Protection Agency of what is acceptable to put in your composter:

Grass clippings, Leaves, Straw, and hay, Wood chips,  Sawdust, Teabags, Fruit and Vegetable Scraps, Coffee grounds and Paper Filters, Egg shells, Vacuum Cleaner, Lint Hair Clippings, Shredded Newspaper, Fireplace Ashes, Wool and Cotton Rags

Here is a list of What not to throw in your composter:

Diseased Plants, Pernicious Weeds, Human and Pet Wastes, Chemically Treated Wood, Barbeque Grill Ash, Meat and Fish Scraps, and Bones Oils and Other Fatty Food Products, Milk Products

What Not to Put In Your Composter, Climate Warming Watch

In the beginning it's best to use uncooked fruit and vegetables. Avoid meat, fish, dairy, or oils. After you feel comfortable with composting and have a little more knowledge, you can decide what to include yourself.

The meat and fish scraps, milk and fatty foods are suggested to be avoided because of their attraction to rats and other pests, who might be carrying diseases. They will, however, break down in a food composter eventually.

I hope this helps you on your way to composting. And don't let apartment living stop you, as shown above there are ways to get around the lack of space. You might want to watch this video for more information. Just for your knowledge, Vermicompost refers to worm composting.

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