Here are the characteristics I was looking for:
- Small - not only by lack of room but to make sure I'd be forced to take it outside regurlarly.
- Hidden - fits under the counter, close to the "real" garbage bin.
- Portable - can be moved, either to have it on the counter when cooking and having lots of veggie skins or other compostable waste, or to go pour it's content in the "real" composter outside.
- Closed - a lid is a must.
I came up with this simple solution, made out of a plastic box and a few other components.
I made that I while ago so do not have pictures for all intermediate steps, but they are very simple.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Plastic box with lid (1). Chose the size that will fit where you want to put it. You can find in many stores. I got mine at Canadian Tire but you'll also find similar ones at Wal-Mart and the likes.
- Plastic ties (2).
- Metal hooks (4).
The needed tools are:
- Drill with bits
- Pen or marker
Step 2: Prepare Your Box
The second step is also to drill holes, this time on the side of the box and lid. Make four evenly spaced holes. These have to be big enough to allow the hooks to go through them easily, but not too big (you don't want to make your box to weak).
Finaly, remove the plastic between the holes and the border of the lid only. This will also you to open the lid without taking the bin off the hooks. See the second picture for details.
Step 3: Prepare Your Cabinet Door
Step 4: You're Done!
Put the occasional banana skin in there by just lifting the lid. Take the whole box on the counter when making a huge autumn veggetable soup or peeling potatoes!