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Post  butterwhat on 8/6/2014, 2:42 pm

I am interested in starting to compost in plastic containers or trash cans.  Does anyone have any experience with this?  I'd especially love to see any pictures of your bins!
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Post  sanderson on 8/6/2014, 5:21 pm

I know there are a few folks here that have, or have had, barrel composters. Maybe they will speak up on their experiences.
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Post  faari on 1/17/2015, 4:41 am

We did pay for them, they aren't cheap but to find some that are fresh, and not sitting on a shelf in a big box store for who knows how long is a blessing!!
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Post  AZDYJ2K on 1/28/2015, 1:52 am

I live in Chandler, AZ and the city gives us free compost bins made out of old trash and recycling bins.  The city cuts the bottom half off and drills half inch holes around the container.  They drop them off at your curb by request.  Great program.
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Post  has55 on 1/28/2015, 4:40 am

@AZDYJ2K wrote:I live in Chandler, AZ and the city gives us free compost bins made out of old trash and recycling bins.  The city cuts the bottom half off and drills half inch holes around the container.  They drop them off at your curb by request.  Great program.

Now that a city investing in its citizen and the environment.
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Post  sanderson on 1/28/2015, 4:47 am

I would just hope the city thoroughly washed and scrubbed the used containers. Amazing what some folks put in waste containers - used motor oil and fluids, pet poo and litter not bagged, cleaning fluids, etc.
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Post  jimmy cee on 1/28/2015, 9:51 am

I personally see no problem with plastic containers as a compost saver, however one needs to aerate. mix, water and cover if needed.
My tumbler is only used during winter when I am able to move it close to the house for table scraps.
My 2 compost piles, I wouldn't give up for anything.
I've learned a little and hope to learn lots more regarding composting in the future.
To me composting is as much fun as gardening.


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