At Compost Collective KC, we deeply respect the dedicated home composter who takes the work of recycling their own food waste seriously!
Although it can be a lot of work, home composting is really good work. It’s a cheap and responsible way to own your own waste, but it’s not for everyone. Here are some things to consider before you jump into home composting, as well as some resources on how to get started.
Home composting is great if:
Don't compost at home if:
To home compost or not? That is the question.
Lastly, if you’re going to do it, do it right. We’ve had a great many customers tell us that they composted badly at home for years, and they’re now really happy to be using our services. There’s no shame in that! Here are some curated resources for different composting systems, as well as some tips from our own experience that may aid you.
Traditional Bin System
The three bin system is an oldy, but a goody. Tried and true, you can set this up in your backyard for free, without having to buy anything. This post from “Garden Ninja”, How To Make An Easy Compost Bin from Wooden Pallets, is very helpful with step by step photos.
Tips: Pallets are the cheapest way to set up this system, and also provide adequate airflow. Be sure to mix materials well so that you don’t get anaerobic pockets that let off methane gas.
Barrel System Compost Turneres
Compost turners are somewhat pricey but they can create savings long-term if they are cared for and used correctly. “Planet Natural Resource Center” has some good information on The Best Compost Tumblers in 2023 and Why/How to Use Them.