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  • 1.  Compost Bin Advice

    Posted 07-31-2021 09:28:00 AM
    Does anyone have advice about compost bins for a school-wide composting program? I have had two large tumblers in the past, but they filled up quickly and the metal parts (hinges, locks) rusted out. Our chefs would like to compost their vegetable waste, plus I'd like to teach our students what they can compost from their lunches. We had a program several years ago and the kids loved it, but everything got put on hold with Covid, the tumblers rusted, and now we are back at square one.

    Jennifer Massengill
    Hampton Roads Academy

  • 2.  RE: Compost Bin Advice

    Posted 08-01-2021 02:46:00 PM

    We have about 700 students at our K-8 school. We have a small tumbler for our "Kinder Garden," but we built a 3 bin composter out of pallets in the main garden. Our kitchen staff gives us vegetable food scraps, and we compost a few hundred pounds every year.

    If we were to go school-wide and capture all compostable material from breakfasts, lunches, and the kitchen, then I think we would need about 12 compost bins, and we would seriously need to consider using worms as well. 

    I would recommend not using hinges and latches if you build compost bins. Instead, design it so the gate lifts in and out.

    Right now, our compost bins fertilize our garden and orchard, and it is a really cool process to show students.

    Ben Curtiss

  • 3.  RE: Compost Bin Advice

    Posted 08-02-2021 09:02:00 AM
    Hi Jennifer,

    It depends upon how BIG the bin needs to be and whether you want to do hot or cold composting. 
    This link has several DIY versions -- #3 and #4 are super easy and hold a ton. I have #5 at home -- it's slow, but it works.

    Michelle Zupan
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  • 4.  RE: Compost Bin Advice

    Posted 15 days ago
    Edited by Vincent Morton 15 days ago
    I don't have idea about school-wide composting bin, but use this Food Cycler Platinum Indoor Food Recycler as my kitchen compost bin. It's an electric food recycler that reduces kitchen waste up to 90% of  its original volume in 3-hour cycle.

    Vincent Morton

  • 5.  RE: Compost Bin Advice

    Posted 5 days ago
    The very nice composting program would be great for every student. I am not sure about your capacity, how much capacity tumbler do you need? I think the Good ideas CW-2X will be perfect for this program. I am using this for the last 1 year. I think it is one of the best compost bin tumblers around with a capacity of 7 cubic feet 50galon. It is split into two chambers or sections, which come down to 3.5 cubic feet per each. It is extremely useful for those that want to start composting right away and do not want to spend hours on end trying to set up their complicated composter. Another feature is the twist lids that seal the bin and secure the compost. However, it is a ground-level model and may attract pests, which is a downside of this composter. That Comes fully assembled, BPA-free, and has Twist lids. If you want something bigger you can go for the Jora Compost Tumbler 270.

    Antoni Watson