The sun's heat can turn vegetables, fruits, coffee grinds and yard waste into nutritious soil for your flower beds, plant baskets and food gardens.  Composting bins are efficient structures used to safely store bio-waste away while nature turns trash into nutrient-rich food for the home or office garden area.  There are many styles of composting structures available, such as a tumblers and standing bins as well as complete kitchen compost systems, and Staples has an extensive supply of designs from trusted brands to satisfy the needs of the home, office or community garden.

Choose from Several Types of Composting Bins

A compost tumbler typically loads bio-waste from the top or the front of the unit.  The bottom is usually sealed, and the structure allows you to spin the bin to give the rubbish a boost of oxygen to aerate the mix and help keep the bacteria active.

The standing compost bin often has a lid on top that you can open when adding waste and a door on the bottom for removing compost.  There are small aeration holes so that air can enter but rodents can't.  The key is to add material until the bin is full -- nature and gravity will do the rest.  Fresh compost is usually ready within one month.  Bins are available in many styles, so it's easy to find a design to complement the deck, yard or patio.

The kitchen can produce a lot of waste, so use a kitchen compost bin to collect organic trash.  Small kitchen composting bins can hold over 2 gallons of rubbish, and the containers use carbon filters to keep odor away.  The filters are replaceable when it's time for a change.  Containers come in plastic, metal and stainless steel.

A Sunny Area Helps Produce Compost

Organic waste needs the sun's heat to start the decomposition process.  Many bin styles absorb the sun's light and warmth, and a dark color will keep the heat inside to help speed up the composting.  A container made from high-density plastic will withstand rain and cold.  

What Are Some Benefits of Using Composting Bins?

A compost receptacle helps confine the waste pile to a specific area.  A closed container provides moisture and heat to support the decomposition process and helps keep odors and wildlife at bay.  

When Is Compost Ready to Use?

Depending on the type of composting bin, compost can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months before it is ready.  A tumbler style is known for producing compost in two weeks.  Once the compost resembles dark brown soil, crumbles upon touch and has an earthy odor, it is likely ready to use.  Avoid using moldy or rotten soil.

Does a Composting Bin Work in the Cold?

The cold environment typically slows the decomposition process; however, if the core of the waste pile stays warm, then the process can continue.  Many bins, such as those made of metal and plastic, can withstand the outside elements.  Adding a little water to the pile can help increase moisture and humidity to encourage decomposition.