Kitchen compost bins to limit your contributions to landfills

Containers to get you started.

So much of what we can do on a personal level to fight climate change and protect our environment involves changing our habits. Using a kitchen compost bin to keep your organic waste from decaying a landfill is one such practice—and you don’t need a square foot of outdoor space to get started. Before you begin saving all your scraps, check with your city, town, or local environmental group to see when and where you can drop off food waste. That way you don’t find yourself with a freezer full of kale stems with nowhere to go. The next step is to simply stop throwing your produce scraps, coffee grounds and filters, used brown paper products in the garbage.

You can start by storing your scraps in whatever containers you have on hand (like empty oat or protein powder vessels), but once you’re ready to upgrade, consider purchasing a product to elevate your composting routine with minimal mess and odor—and a maximum of feel-good vibes for reducing your household’s carbon footprint. Here are some favorites.

Basic and effective: OXO Good Grips Easy Clean Compost Bin

Best Design By Far

A low-cost solution to get the job done. Amazon

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This simple bin holds 12 cups of scraps and fits comfortably on the average kitchen counter. The lack of nooks and crannies for vegetable detritus to get stuck in makes it easy to clean. Due to its small size and lack of odor control beyond closing the lid, it’s best for people who have room in their freezer, or easy access to a community compost pile or drop-off center.

All-in-one: Cooler Kitchen Oversized 1.3 Gallon Kitchen Compost Bin

Everyone Will Know What It Is

You won’t confuse this cutie with your flour canister. Amazon

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When you start a new habit, do you go all-in? This compost bin that says what it does and does what it says will provide you with a daily reminder of happy trees thriving in the happy soil you’re making. With 1.3 gallons of storage and a charcoal filter inside the lid, it’ll make you proud to transport your scraps to their final destination.

Cutest option: Chef’n 401-420-120 EcoCrock Counter Compost Bin

You’ll Barely Notice It’s There

A bin for people who don’t want to get their hands dirty. Amazon

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This .75-gallon bin is an ingeniously cute solution. The ceramic bin has a vented top and removable bucket with a handle. The vents and included natural charcoal filters that help control the odor.