DIY Compost Bin




About: I'm Thisul.

There are various compost bins in the market these days.But those bins attract flies and they give out bad smell too.So I created a bin that can be completely closed to get rid of flies and terrible smell.But it is created in such a way that the micro-organisms won't be harmed.So enough talking and let's start making this.

Step 1: Tools and Materials


  • Hoe
  • Shovel
  • Hack saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill
  • Hole saw cutter
  • 4mm drill bit


  • 100L black bin with lid
  • 65L bin
  • Plastic bowl (approx. diameter of 460mm)
  • Small black plastic flower pot (approx. diameter of 230mm)

Why black?

Black is important becuase the inside of the setup should be dark.And also black colour apsorbs the heat in the sorrounding.Heat is also a important factor for microbial growth.

Step 2: Drill It Out

Drill the plastic bowl,the flower pot and the 65L bin.*Don't try to drill neatly because it will waste your precious time :)

*Don't drill the upper part of the flower pot if you do the smell will come out.

Step 3: Cutting It Out

  • Cut out a hole with 197mm diameter in the 100L bin.
  • Cut out a hole with 180mm diameter in the 65L bin.
  • Cut the bottom/base of the flower pot

So why should we cut the holes in these two bins in different sizes.It is to fit the flower pot perfectly in between these two bins.

*The sizes may differ with what you use.

Step 4: Dig a Hole in Your Yard

  • First of all select a place in your yard that will get strong sunlight.
  • Then dig a hole which is 2 inches higher than the hieght of your plastic bowl. (big enough to fit your bowl)
  • Now put some soil with good fertility level (about 2cm thick)

Step 5: Place the Setup

  • First place your bowl
  • Then place your 65L bin
  • Place your 100L bin over it
  • Now fit your customized flower pot between the bins

Just as easy as it looks :)

Step 6: Cover It Up

  • Just cover the excess space of the hole neatly.

Step 7: Done

Hooray, you just created your own customized compost bin.

  • Now you can open it by just putting some kitchen wastes :)



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    14 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Very well done! Simple, and uses some very common materials!
    One question: Do you need some startup material like some existing compost to get the process started? Or are all the good bacteria present in the soil, and will move to the waste to decompose?

    2 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yes, Initially it is good idea to add some existing compost or bacterial culture. But in mine i didn't but it starts without any bad smell.hope my back yard is full of microbes. also as it is well exposed to the ground we canot consider it as closed container so microbs get enough oxigen and excess water ,excrete atc tranferd to to the earth as well and make it microbs happy enviornment.


    1 year ago

    Compost is the best thing for your garden. Flowers an vegetables loves is.

    In the open, it is not good to use cooked food, or meat / bones because of rats and mice, maybe cats or racoons. I dont know exactly if its possible to use it in this closed container, maybe it is, except for the bones/meat?

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    yes i throw all cooked foods and some fish/meat parts as well . till now no problem . i normally put fish /meat parts first and then rest to cover it.

    DamonC3dragon flyer

    Reply 1 year ago

    Totally true. Usually one just needs more brown matter.


    1 year ago

    Instead of drilling hundreds of holes, instead get a cheap soldering iron and melt them.

    3 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah it's a good idea but it's harmful to the atmosphere. Better to drill or buy a bowl with holes. :)


    Reply 1 year ago

    You shouldn't use it to where it is hot enough to vaporize or smoke. That's dangerous to your lungs, not to mention the Earth. The soldering iron should be hot enough to melt, but not hot enough to smoke. If all it does is melt the plastic, nothing is released to the atmosphere. Above, I was advocating melting, not burning.


    Reply 1 year ago

    Okey,that's a sensible choice to me. Great work. ;)


    Reply 1 year ago

    First take off the 100L bin. Then take off the 65L bin. After that put the wastes that are not composted to a another container. Now you can get the compost by a hand shovel. :)

    Nice. A compost bin can do a lot to reduce a families trash and waste.