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Home Composting in the Kitchen

Updated on January 22, 2012

Composting was never coined as just an outdoor activity. This natural process can also be done inside of your home, especially in the kitchen. Composting in the kitchen not only provides convenience and mobility, regardless if you’re into plain or worm composting. It also provides better and faster access to managing your compost indoors.

Compost your kitchen leftovers!

The leftovers from your kitchen don’t have to go to waste, whether these are wilted vegetables or peels from fruits. These materials may no longer be eaten or cooked. But these kitchen scraps can still be reused. So instead of having to throw these refuse straight to the garbage disposal, have these composted as an alternative. Not only will you be helping reduce the amount of wastes that are regularly disposed in landfills today. You are also helping return these resources back to the earth (using the finished compost as a means to fertilize the plants and condition the soil).

Kitchen composting essentials

Aside from the scraps that you can collect from your kitchen, you will also need a compost bin unit for containing your scraps. These containers can also work as a ‘trash bin’ of sorts. Only that it functions way more. It simply doesn’t let the contents to rot and smell like most garbage bins do. Besides that, you can also opt for a variation of kitchen composters. There’s a compost pail or a compost bucket that you can move around, which can also be placed on top of the kitchen counter. There are also worm bin units that you can position under your kitchen sink (amongst other choices).

Is kitchen composting expensive?

The setup won’t be that expensive to begin with. And the only thing that you’ll need to invest into is the composter that you will be using for the process. Kitchen composters, regardless if you are to use these for countertop composting or not, already come with covers and filters. These bins may also come in stainless steel, ceramic or plastic makes. And since these bins typically come in small packages, you will be able to harvest some finished compost in about 14 days time (will need regular emptying). The composting process is basically automatic for kitchen composters.

The benefits to kitchen composting

Composting in the kitchen requires just a small space in your kitchen. So you won’t have to worry about finding a place for your bin, as it can fit anywhere. Now, aside from its many other attractive features, having a kitchen composter that is just within reach also provides you some convenience. You no longer have to make such long walks if ever you were into outdoor composting instead of the indoor alternative.


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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I do the same thing, Peggy. Thanks, wormcompostingfan, for an interesting hub.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I never heard of a kitchen composter but definitely collect all of our fruit and vegetable peels as well as egg shells and coffee and tea grounds to add to our outside compost bin. Since composting takes some time, how soon would the inside one work to convert the items into usable compost?