How to Make a Compost Bin from Pallets


| 10/19/2017 11:25:00 AM


Tags: compost, diy, organic gardening, benedict vanheems,
compost

Photo by Getty Images/tera24

A compost bin made from wooden pallets is cheap and easy to make. Check that they’re safe for composting in — the pallet stamps should display the IPPC or EPAL logo, and also the letters HT, which stands for heat-treated. Don’t use pallets with the letters MB on them as this indicates that the pallet has been treated with methyl bromide, a toxic pesticide.

You’ll need four pallets of matching size (or you can cut them to size). To join the pallets together you will need four corner brackets, a box of screws, and two pairs of hook and eye latches. You’ll also need a drill, a screwdriver, and a saw.

Building a Compost Bin with Pallets

Stand three pallets up, lean them against each other so the two side walls are flush with the width of the back wall. Screw them together to hold them in place while you add the brackets.

Screw a bracket at the top and bottom of each corner of the bin. The bin walls are now complete.

Using a saw, cut the fourth pallet in half between two of the rear slats and then between two of the front slats. These will be used to make a stable door to make filling the bin and keeping the contents in easy.

vandammes
10/30/2017 8:09:01 AM

I have lots of little trees (2-6 inches diameter) and no wood stove, so I cut the trees up into 5 foot long pieces and stack them to make compost bins. I have 5 of them right now, all organically grown.


vandammes
10/30/2017 8:08:57 AM

I have lots of little trees (2-6 inches diameter) and no wood stove, so I cut the trees up into 5 foot long pieces and stack them to make compost bins. I have 5 of them right now, all organically grown.





mother earth news fair

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Feb. 17-18, 2018
Belton, Texas

More than 150 workshops, great deals from more than 200 exhibitors, off-stage demos, hands-on workshops, and great food!

LEARN MORE