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Backyard composting

Building a compost bin is a great way to reduce waste while at the same time creating wonderful nutritious soil amendment for your garden. If you'd like to take recycling and earth renewal one step further, you can build your own compost bin very inexpensively by repurposing wooden pallets.

Material and Tools

  • Wooden Pallets
  • Chicken Wire
  • Screws, Nails, Staples
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Organics: Vegetable scraps, Egg shells, Coffee grounds and filters, Tea bags, Fruits, Dried leaves and Flower clippings.


  1. Prepare the Location: You need a 4x4 space for the bin in an area where it catches a lot of sun.

  2. Prepare the pallets: Pick out the best pallets for your bin.

  3. Build the box: Connect two pallets ogether from the outside forming a 90 degree angle. Connect a third pallet the same way to form a three sided box.

  4. Wrap your box: Staple the chicken wire around the box to form an enclosed area.

  5. Add your Material: Layer with brown and green waste. Keep compost moist.


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