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How to Use a Kitchen Compost Bin to Make the Most of Your Food Scraps

Recycling food waste has never been so stylish.


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Food waste is full of nutrition which can be broken down and used as fuel for your garden plants. By using a kitchen compost bin, you can become a garden guru!

From the skin of a potato, an apple core, to even eggshells — just about anything can be composted! The only food produce to steer clear of is meat and animal bones as this can cause rot and contaminate the soil and cause harm to your plans. Once your food scraps have decomposed, only nutrient-filled compost will be remaining.

A composting tip: Wherever you dispose of the kitchen compost bin, whether it be a larger compost bin in the garden, or in an open space at the back of the yard, regularly water the pile and mix with a shovel to speed the process.

Scroll for the most stylish, affordable kitchen compost bins we could find!

OXO Good Grips® Compost Bin

$19.99, Bed Bath and Beyond

Why we like it:

  • Made of plastic
  • Holds up to 3/4 gallon
  • Weighs only 1.4 lb.
  • Dishwasher safe

Conveniently sized to fit in your cupboard, pantry, or on your kitchen counter, this modern-styled compost bin holds all your kitchen scraps until ready to take out to your outdoor composter.

One reviewer wrote: “Works great to keep composting material on the countertop. Very tight-fitting lid so as to not release bad odors until emptied, very easy to clean. I have recommended it to friends.”

Bamboozle Compost Bin

best kitchen compost bin

$40, Urban Outfitters

Why we like it:

  • Bamboo fiber
  • Food safe
  • Dishwasher safe

This trendy compost bin belongs on the counter of any stylish kitchen. Dishwasher safe for convenience and a large handle to carry into your garden to dispose of the food scraps inside. Crafted from bamboo fiber for both environmental and design reasons.

One reviewer wrote: “Functional and stylish – Fits perfectly on my kitchen counter and looks great!”

1 Gal. Kitchen Composter

best kitchen compost bin

$31.99, Wayfair

Why we like it:

  • Lid seals to control odor
  • Washable, removable inner bucket for kitchen waste
  • Attractive color

With a capacity of up to one gallon, this easily washable kitchen compost bin takes on a traditional style and comes in an attractive sage green. The lid seals and traps the odor.

One reviewer wrote: “So cute, got the apple green but its more of a sage green which I am happy about. The handles make it easy to move around and remove the lid and it has a nice grip around the lid for a secure fit.”

1 Gal. Kitchen Composter

best kitchen compost bin

$32.99, Wayfair

Why we like it:

  • Sturdy stainless steel handle
  • Capacity: 1 Gallon
  • Material: Ceramic

Made from ceramic with an accent stainless steel handle, this kitchen compost bin holds up to a gallon of food scraps. Choose between red, white, or black.

One reviewer wrote: “I love this kitchen composter. It’s attractive on the counter, and the filter keeps odors in check. I take the contents to our community garden twice a week so the size is perfect for us.”

Natural Home Products Recycled Stainless Steel Compost Bin

best kitchen compost bin

$29.99, Bed Bath and Beyond

Why we like it:

  • Includes 1 charcoal filter that absorbs odors from 4 to 6 months
  • Recycled stainless steel
  • Measures 8″ W x 7.25″ L x 11.5″ H
  • 1.3 gallon capacity

Including a charcoal filter that absorbs odors from 4-to-6 months, this kitchen compost bin is made from recycled stainless steel that brings an industrial look to your space and is more durable than other materials. It also holds up to 1.3 gallons.

One reviewer wrote: “Have used this compost bin for over a month now. Zero odors (thanks to the charcoal filter in the lid), no mold, and easy to transfer to garden compost with biodegradable bags. (about 3-4 included with purchase). Additional bags are available online at Bed Bath and Beyond. Nice stainless design is easy to clean and is lightweight.”

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