Pallet-based compost bin

Energy & Sustainability
Pallet-based compost bin

Here’s what you need to know to make a quick, very serviceable compost bin out of four wooden shipping pallets.

Pallet Compost Bin

6 thoughts on “Pallet-based compost bin

  1. Shawn says:

    I made a few of these for a community garden years ago in Los Angeles. They didn’t work out to well. The problem was that they let the piles dry out way to quickly in our arid environment. I now use bins made out of solid wood planks like the ones shown on the Fine Gardening website [url][/url]. Except I don’t have gaps between mine. Your experience might be different if you have a lot of wet kitchen waste. My friends seem to always have really wet compost. I bet these work great in wet climates.

  2. BigD145 says:

    Looks like a good idea. People should get on this soon, for pallets are getting harder and harder to get for free.

  3. Thebes says:

    The ones we make use four unaltered pallets held together at the corners with bailing wire. They work well, are very quick to make, and adapt to uneven terrain.

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