Build or Buy a Compost Bin
You can build your own bin to suit your composting needs. If you don't want to build a bin, you can buy one at local hardware and home improvement stores or online. Please note: StopWaste no longer sells compost bins.
Choose a bin based on what you plan to compost. If you are going to compost yard trimmings only, or yard trimmings mixed with fruit and vegetable scraps use a backyard bin. If you are only going to compost fruit and vegetable scraps use a worm bin.
If you plan to compost fruit and vegetable trimmings, the Alameda County Environmental Health Department requires a rodent-resistant system. Use a container with a lid, a floor, and no opening greater than 1/4-inch, or bury food scraps at least one foot under the soil surface.
Backyard Bin Designs
|E-Z Wire Bin: Very easy to build, for yard trimmings alone.|
|Three-Bin System: Basic carpentry skills required for construction, for yard trimmings or yard trimmings and fruit & vegetable scraps. Capable of handling large amounts of compostables.|
|Urban All Wood Bin: Basic carpentry skills required for construction, for yard trimmings or yard trimmings and fruit & vegetable scraps.|
Worm Bin Designs
|Plastic Worm Bin: Very easy to build, system for fruit and vegetable trimmings alone.|
|Two-Person Wooden Worm Bin: Basic carpentry skills needed for construction, system for fruit and vegetable trimmings alone. Doubles as a seat!|