Compost Bins That Actually Look Great on Your Countertop

There’s no reason your scraps have to look like, well, garbage.

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April 10, 2019
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Organic waste for compost

Organic waste for compost

Organic waste for compost with vegetables, fruits and varied food.

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Fact or myth: Collecting food waste for composting means keeping a big, ugly, stinky bin on your kitchen countertop?

Myth! In fact, making your kitchen more eco-friendly (without sacrificing style) is easier than you think. All you need is a little bit of know-how and the right countertop bin to keep food scraps out of your trash can — and landfills.

Here are the basics.

What to Compost

Keep odors (and pests) away! As a general rule, include fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and tea bags, nut shells and non-greasy food scraps like rice or bread in your bin. Steer clear of meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products.

What to Do with Your Scraps

If you have your own system for recycling organic waste, the food scraps you collect in your countertop bin can be added to your outdoor pile or tumbler. If not, check with local farms or your nearest greenmarket — many accept food scraps for their own compost programs — which means you can simply drop yours off when you’re out running errands.

Choosing the Best Bin

That's up to you. For a bin of this size and capacity, the best option will be the one that fits your style and budget. Here are a few that are guaranteed to do the job — and look great while they're at it!

From Amazon

BUY IT: Amazon, $32.27

With its’ tight-fitting lid and (included) carbon filter, this bin is sure to keep unwelcome odors out of your kitchen. Plus, it comes in three colors, making it the perfect addition to any rustic, or farmhouse-style kitchen.

From Amazon

BUY IT: Amazon, $38.99

Responsibly made from sustainable bamboo and recycled plastic, this sleek little countertop bin is durable, moisture resistant and tolerant of high heat (which means it’s dishwasher-safe).

BUY IT: UncommonGoods, $199

This is a definite upgrade from your average countertop bin but this system does it all. Not only will it hold the scraps produced by the average 2- to 3-person household, it will turn them into usable compost every week — all while looking like a piece straight out of the modern art museum!

From Amazon

BUY IT: Amazon, $21.25

If your kitchen décor could use a bright pop of color, then this is the compost bin for you. Its’ functional design allows it to be wall-mounted (who doesn’t love saving space on the countertop?) or stacked (so double up), which makes it a great option for just about any kitchen.

BUY IT: World Market, $29.99

You’ll almost forget that this metal bin has any job other than looking great on your countertop! Dressed up with a replica of a vintage tomato can label, it’s right at home on any cook’s kitchen countertop.

BUY IT: Williams Sonoma, $29.95

Minimal effort meets minimalist design: This mess-free countertop bin catches all your food scraps in a compostable bag (held in place tightly by a built-in ring) making it easy to empty the bin when it’s full.

From Wayfair

BUY IT: Wayfair, $39.95

This stylish bamboo box will add character to any countertop. And cleanup’s a breeze too; just lift the plastic liner out when it’s time to give the bucket a scrub.

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