Step 1 Begin With a Bin
Compost bins come in various shapes and sizes, from commercial black plastic types to homemade ones of wooden planks or wire mesh. No matter which type you select, keep in mind these factors: first, the bin size should be at least one cubic metre (1 x 1 x1 metres) to build up enough heat to start decomposition; and secondly, it should be ventilated to allow enough air to flow through the pile to prevent an anaerobic environment, which can cause the pile to stagnate and smell. For this quick and easy project, choose a ready-made bin available at The Home Depot. Or, check with your local municipality; many make composters available to residents.