Three Things to Consider Before Buying an Indoor Composting Container

Containers that help you contain and decompose common, everyday waste, can help you improve your garden and landscape by leaps and bounds.

A simple compost container does nothing more than contain household scrap (that will decompose) until the mixture is ready as fertilizer for your garden, flower beds, or lawn.OXO

You don’t have to be an eco-warrior to appreciate composting. Sure, the combined outcome of every American family recycling their household organic wastes into compost would be a significant reduction in our waste stream. But the really cool thing about composting is that everybody in the family can play a role and have a part in boosting the health of our soils and helping take care of our environment. It makes it real, and it’s not hard to do, starting with using indoor composting containers to collect the organic wastes from food prep and indoor gardening.

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A one-gallon stainless steel container is popular for composting.Utopia Kitchen

The size of the composting container depends on how much waste you produce, how often you empty it and where you want to keep the container. Indoor composting containers are often designed for countertop use, and as such may hold a gallon or less of your organic wastes.

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The removable lid traps odors and makes emptying a breeze.OXO

Organic wastes can be messy, and some, like coffee grounds, are prone to staining. Most indoor composting containers are made of stainless materials for ease of cleanup after emptying.

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Look for indoor compost containers that have charcoal filters.ENLOY

Indoor compost bins by nature are prone to producing odors or attracting pests like fruit flies. The better containers will feature charcoal filters fitted in the top, to help reduce odors. Tight fitting lids will also reduce odor and minimize pest access.