Sweet Smelling Composting Starts With The Right Compost Pail!

When I begin a conversation about composting, few people can hold up their end of the conversation.  Moreover, the response from my intended “compost convert” is often quite negative.

Sweet Smelling Compost Starts with the Right Compost Pail

People generally see the value in composting – but hey!  we’re talking about garbage!  (Does anyone want to talk about garbage?)  Most people have a preconceived notion that the whole process of composting is messy and smelly.

Please believe me!  With the right hardware and just a little care the composting process can be quite clean.  In fact,  if it is done properly there will never be a bad smell.

Sweet smelling composting starts With a good Compost Pail.  The first thing you need to purchase is an attractive container with a good charcoal filter that you can place near the kitchen sink.  For several years Kathy and I have been using a small stainless steel, two quart container that is designed to look like a garbage can.  There are two filters in the lid of this container and with the lid on the container it never smells.  We put kitchen waste — organic material such as peelings, stale bread and old vegetables into the compost pail and when it is full we take it outside to our outdoor compost pile.

Sweet smelling compost starts with the right Compost Pail. The best pails have a charcoal filter system in the lid of the pail.

After dumping the kitchen waste into the outdoor compost pile, I always rinse out the pail and  put a bit of dry material in the bottom of the container .  I use shredded paper, old newspaper or dry leaves.  This dry material will soak up the moisture from food scraps so that when you remove the cover there is still no smell.  It also makes it easier to dump the contents and keeps the bottom of the container clean.

There are several small containers on the market that look nice in the kitchen.  I am listing my favorites in order of what I think looks best in most kitchens.  They generally range in price between $20 to $50 on Amazon.  You can find them in some stores.  However the best selection by far is on Amazon.com.  These links take you to the Amazon.com products listed.  We find that the charcoal filters last about six months.

Clean Air Distributing 2552 1-Gallon Stainless Steel Counter Top Compost Pail
Clean Air Distributing 2552 1-Gallon Stainless Steel Counter Top Compost Pail
Natural Home Stainless Steel Compost Bin
OXO Good Grips Compost Bin
Norpro 1 Gallon Ceramic Compost Keeper, White
RSVP PAIL-SM Compost Pail Steel, 1/2-Gallon
Exaco Trading CPBG 01 1-Gallon 2-in-1 Indoor Compost Bucket, Oat meal
RSVP International Endurance Endurance Jumbo Compost Pail lARGE 1.5-gallon Size



Just a few notes about what to put into a compost bin.  If you use an open compost system then you want to avoid putting meat products in your compost system.  If you have a closed system then you may be able to compost even meat products but you will still run the risk of attracting critters you don’t want snooping around your yard.

Compost pail with leaves in bottom. This absorbs the moisture and prevents smell.

To keep the larger critters from snooping around your compost be sure to chop it up and mix it into the dry materials.  This time of the year I mix in a bunch of leaves and turn the compost regularly.  The smaller the matter the smaller the compost critter that come to the feast.       You want all those little crawling critters and micro-organisms chomping your leftovers.  Keep some tools near the compost pile that make it easy to chop up those leftover onions, rotting potatoes that are hiding in the back of the fridge and the petrified Thanksgiving desserts.








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