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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!

 

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