A very inexpensive bin can be made using wooden pallets. These bins cost almost nothing and you divert pallets that would eventually end up in the landfill. This design includes a removable front to make it easy to turn the compost.


  • Four wooden pallets
  • 32 wood screws or bailing wire
  • Four bolt latches

Building a Wooden Pallet Bin

  1. Assembly is easy, just screw or wire three of the pallets together.
  2. Attach bolt latches to the frount edge of the bin and the last pallet to make a removable door.

Tip for Southern California Composters

For Southern California and other dry climates, this bin should be lined with plastic. This helps keep the pile moist and decrease the composting period. Staple a sheet of plastic to the three sides of the bin and staple a separate plastic sheet to the front door.


This bin can be easily converted into a two bin system using just 6 pallets. In a two bin system, the compost is turned by emptying the full bin into the empty one and back again.

If you have lots of compostable material you could expand it to a three-bin system using 10 pallets. You build a pile in the first bin turning it into the second and then the third.

One third of all household waste is organic. That means that a significant portion of the garbage in most homes could have been composted. If you have the space and a garden that would benefit from rich top soil, consider building a compost bin in your yard.

This compost bin is a simple DIY project constructed from old shipping pallets. You can find recycled wooden pallets at a furniture, office, or hardware store. Most places that ship large items use these pallets and they are happy to give them away.


  1. Wooden shipping pallets – 4
  2. Screwdriver
  3. Wood screws
  4. Door hinges
  5. Chicken wire
  6. Staple gun
  7. Black plastic
  8. Wood stain (optional)

Have a look at the full article for simple 4 step instructions to assembling this recycled compost box. People are often concerned that an outdoor compost will smell and encourage rodents. The compost boxes are surprisingly odorless. Green items are high in nitrogen and brown items are rich in carbon. A 50/50 balance of the two will eliminate odor.

What can I compost?

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Fruit and vegetable peel
  • Cooking scraps
  • Lawn cuttings
  • Dead flowers
  • Pruning (non-wood material)

What if my compost starts to attract flies?

You’ll want to bury kitchen scraps in the dirt. Put them 15-30cm. bellow the surface.

Where should I put my compost?

Your compost should be placed on bare ground with an open or semi-open bottom for water to get out and worms to get in. You’ll also want to choose a place that is easy to access. You’ll be more likely to use it if you can add your materials and mix it easily.