If your retail compost bin can’t keep up with your composting requirements, watch this video which shows you how to build a compost bin with shipping pallets.
Two years ago I created a homemade compost bin from a basic black plastic garbage can which I aerated. I also outgrew that very quickly, so last year I used bales of straw to create a container and filled it with horse manure and kitchen scraps.
The straw container worked really well, as the straw created a nice heat sink around the compost and was great for adding carbon to the compost pile whenever I needed it. It also had a nice height to it, about 3 feet on each side, which discouraged wildlife from foraging in the pile.
Unfortunately, when the straw got used up and the compost pile was surrounded by only a short plastic fence, every creature in the neighborhood, including my dog helped themselves to the kitchen scraps and pulled them into the yard. The dog got sick a few times and I had to keep picking up banana peels, egg shells, rotten fruit, and lots of other kitchen scraps from the yard. Sure, I could have bought more hay bales, but I was after something more permanent.
Then I read about using shipping pallets to build a compost bin. Perfect, I thought, since they’re not only free for the taking, but they’ll promote excellent air circulation and are the perfect size for holding lots of compost-each is around 48″ square. I have yet to run out of compost, so I’m really happy with the results! Enjoy the video.