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5 Clever and Convenient Compost Solutions

5 Clever and Convenient Compost Solutions

With Earth Day around the corner, we’re aiming to be more responsible composters here at Gardenista. We admit, our impulse is to scrape the dinner plates into the sink, whirl the disposal, and be done with it. So, we’re looking to these genius ideas for inspiration.

And you? Do you keep a lidded pail on the counter? Tell us your techniques in the comment section below.

Above: An integrated countertop compost portal; photograph via Cultivate.


Above: Two pullout drawers—the top one has a cutting board and the one below holds both a garbage and a compost bin. Photograph via The Farm Chicks.

Above: A stainless steel bucket you can lift out and carry to the compost bin in the backyard. Photograph via Blanco.

Above: An in-counter removable waste bin to collect scraps. Photograph via Studio Gorm.

Above: A DIY Compost Farm by Charlotte Dieckmann.

For more compost solutions, see Compost Like a Pro: Maven Bins Made in Vermont.

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12:12PM PST on Nov 8, 2013

thank you for the information, i need to get/make some of these :)

4:28PM PDT on May 5, 2013

Nice ideas! I will share this article.

9:19AM PDT on May 5, 2013


2:05AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

I need to move up to this step!

8:53PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Great we can all do this!

12:57PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

cool ideas I really like them

7:38AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

I live in an apartment, but still compost. I keep a large bin for soil, compost on my patio. In winter, I throw all scraps straight in. In summer, when I may need the soil to pot herbs and veg, I run the scraps through my food processor and then into the compost/soil bin. I enjoy thinking that my plants have a healthy start.

3:56AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

A 2litre lidded plastic container on the counter is cheat and functional.I then empty onto newspaper to carry out to compost bin. Easy.

3:03AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

1:42AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

If you recycle, then composting is the next level up, as you significantly reduce your food waste, by using it to grow...

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