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YARD WASTE - composting

Brush and Limbs | Grasscycling | Composting

Make Your Own Bin

Wooden pallet | Wood and wire | Concrete block | Wire mesh
Wooden three bin | Can | Barrel

Can Composter

CanA can composter is an inexpensive way to compost yard materials or food wastes in a limited space. Check with local officials to be sure food waste composting is permitted in your community.

Cost: Less than $25

Capacity: Less than a 30-gallon bag of yard materials & kitchen scraps


Construction Details:

  1. Drill three rows of holes 4 to 6 inches apart around sides of the can. Then drill several holes in lid and bottom of trash can. The holes allow air movement and provide drainage of excess moisture.
  2. (Optional) Place can on the cement blocks or bricks to increase air circulation.
  3. Place 2–3" of sawdust, straw, or wood chips in the bottom of the can to absorb excess moisture and improve drainage. Layer 1/3 nitrogen materials with 2/3 carbon materials (do not just use only wood chips or sawdust for carbon source as this carbon is not readily available to compost microbes). Top layer should be carbon to control odors and pests.
  4. Finished Compost ready in 6-12 months; sooner if materials are turned and kept damp.

Source: University of Wisconsin–Extension - Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center

Brush and Limbs | Grasscycling | Composting

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