The best compost bin Is the free or subsidized garden composter you may be able to buy through your town or city.
My current backyard composter is a squarish, black plastic compost bin. I got it about 10 years ago from my town for about $20. Many towns have the same or similar bins available for residents and even if they give the bins away they are probably saving themselves and the taxpayers serious cash.
A big part of any municipality's budget is solid waste management. They pay to pick up & transport waste. They also pay a tipping fee per ton to either the compost facility or landfill to dump the garbage.
In my town these costs add up to around $65 to $75 per ton. About 40% of most municipality's waste streams are organic garbage that would be best composted. For every ton we compost we save our town and taxpayers money.
Compost bin manufacturers such as the people making the Earth Machine Compost Bin advertise to municipalities and sell their backyard and garden composters by the truckload.
When I spoke to their reps about bringing a load to our small town we talked a price of $30 - $35. Given that these compost bins handle around 650 pounds or a third of a ton of waste per year, in my towns case saving $22.50 to $25, they pay for themselves in a little over a year even if the town gives the darn things away.
And you get free compost and a better garden.
These compost bins are usually
The down side of these garden composters is they are awkward to manage.
When you have a garden composter similar to the Earth Machine Compost Bin you will be doing a passive, add as you go kind of composting. You will find it awkward to turn this compost to do the usual mixing and aerating that happens in larger more open compost piles.
Follow these tips as you add materials and you'll do just fine.
Passive composting usually takes 6 months to a year before the compost is rotted enough to be ready. The stuff at the bottom is ready first of course.
These garden composters have little doors at the bottom for taking out compost. They drive me crazy. I just tip the whole thing over, pull out the dark compost and then pile up the rest of it back in the bin and carry on.