It seems that composting is no longer just for eco-fanatics, as it is now becoming a daily addition for many. Not only is it a great way to reduce your trash that heads off to the landfill, but our gardens also often reap the benefits. Composting is simple, and with so many types of composters offered these days, it certainly makes it easier for everyone to get involved. A common composting complaint is that many people don’t want a bucket of stinky food scraps rotting in their kitchen before it goes outside. If you are using the correct kitchen composter, this shouldn’t be the case. Look for carbon fiber filters and air vents when selecting a kitchen composter. Is it sturdy? Definitely consider durability, because you will be using it daily. There are many different ways to compost, such as vermicomposting (with worms), hot and cold composting (outside) and grub composting (utilizing grubs), but we decided to choose six indoor composters that are super easy to maintain.
- The ECO Series from NatureMill operates electronically, so you don’t need to worry about turning the scraps yourself. But we like that it’s quiet when it operates and it is an automatic compost bin, in case you don’t have one outside to dump the food scraps into. The compost from this little gadget can go right from the bin to your plants.
- We’re excited about the Green Cycler from Ecotnonix, a brand new composter that hits the market this coming August. Designed for easy clean-up, the Green Cycler breaks down and shreds food scraps with a quick turn of the handle, making room for the next day’s waste. It’s vented to keep odor under control and comes with a suction cup to hold it in place while you crank. You can get first dibs and preorder the Green Cycler through its website.
- For those of us who live in tight spaces, the Slimline Compost Caddy fits perfectly under the sink yet holds 2.4 gallons of food scraps. It comes with a carbon filter to control the odor, and its opening is wide enough to go from cutting board to bin without spilling.
- Another option if you are limited on space is the Chef’n EcoCrock Counter Compost Bin. Because of its modern, ceramic crock, it blends in nicely on the countertop. You can easily remove the inner bucket to dispose of food scraps, and it comes equipped with a charcoal filter so it doesn’t stink up your kitchen.
- If you are lucky enough to live in an area where food scraps are collected by your municipality, the Scrap Happy could come in handy. Most of the time, food scraps are not collected on a weekly basis like garbage, so the Scrap Happy gives you the option to freeze them. Its wire handle allows it to fit into a drawer, scrape the food scraps and then pop it into your freezer. When it’s time for collection, you can simply empty it.
- Nothing beats the simplicity of a standard Compost Bucket. This one fits easily under a cabinet or sink, yet it’s small enough for your countertop as well. You can go two or three days without emptying it and the carbon filter lasts about three months. The handle makes it easy to carry out to your compost pile, and it’s durable as well.