Kitchen compost bins to limit your contributions to landfills

Containers to get you started.

compost sing over wood logs
Help solve our landfill problem and give your garden a boost.Toni Reed via Unsplash

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.

OXO Good Grips Easy Clean Compost Bin

OXO Good Grips Easy Clean Compost Bin
A low-cost solution to get the job done.Amazon

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.

Third Rock Compost Bin for Kitchen Counter

Third Rock Compost Bin for Kitchen Counter
You won’t confuse this cutie with your flour canister.Amazon

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, a charcoal filter inside the lid, and a removable pail that can be used with or without a liner, it’ll make you proud to transport your scraps to their final destination.

Polder Kitchen Composter

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

If the fear of slimy squash and blackened banana peels has stopped you from composting, this one-gallon bin is an ingenious solution. Use the handle on the bottom of the silicone bucket to push it through the wireframe and voila!—it inverts to release that nasty organic matter, ick-free. You can also regulate the container’s airflow with the adjustable lid to control odor.

EcoCrock Counter Compost Bin

EcoCrock Counter Compost Bin
Minimalist, eye-catching design.Amazon

Compost in style with this petite .75 gallon container that will feel right at home next to the cookie jar. The vented lid also contains a charcoal filter to manage odors. Since it’s made from ceramic (tasteful but heavy), you’ll probably want to use this bin with compostable liners unless your drop site is nearby.