How to choose the right compost bin
Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | HOTBIN Composting
Choosing the Right Compost Solution
You can compost for free by piling your garden and food waste up in a corner, however the paid for options do offer significant benefits. So how do you decide whether to pay 20, 60, 185 or even 900 pounds (yes really!) for a compost bin? You 'justify' the cash by convincing yourself of the 'value'.
We show you how to do this by checking the composting features meet your needs at a price you can afford.
Sounds like hard work - why not just go online, look for a 5 star ratings and best price - job done. Most of the online reviews look like this: 'arrived/did not arrive' on time (score 1-5), it was 'easy/hard' to set up (score 1-5). I'd let you know how it works! The all-important bits are missing and few people return 12 months later to let you know if it worked and how well.
We can summarise the process of how do choose the 'right compost bin’ or the 'best compost bin' for you into seven steps:
Step 1 - Why
Step 2- Where
Step 3 – What & When
In my experience, very few composters accurately know how much waste they produce. Very few have any real desire to record and measure it either.
Choosing the right compost bin size is also further complicated as compost bins can, given the right conditions to achieve hot composting, compost faster than a bin that only facilitates cold composting. So 20litres of waste a week in one bin would rapidly break down within a week, but in another bin build up over time and need a 600litre bin.
Step 4 – Effort
This is hard – everyone tends to answer - none / minimal. The more a vendor knows this is critical to your choice, the more pressure to use the term ‘easy’ and the bigger the potential expectation gap and likely hood of user disappointment. There is always some effort (e.g. collecting food, turning, mixing, shredding). In our experience, things can be made very easy by habitually following simple method-steps. But investing the time to form habits can be challenging – especially at the start when people perceive the habits are taking more time not saving time.
Now you have a clear picture of what you want. Next, how do you check and match the compost bin against your composting objectives?
Step 5 – How
Step 6 – Check
Locate the top 10 commercial bins, score each feature and eliminate those compost bins that do not fit your needs thus producing a short list then weight/score the remaining compost bins to find the best match.
Step 7 – Match
Rate/score the competence of each compost bin against each feature, i.e. establish the performance and derive and overall value for money score - the million dollar question!
We hope the above tips combined with the tools in the links will help you create 'value' and help you decide which compost is right for you.