4 Best Low-Cost Compost Bins for Earth Day

THE PERFECT TIME TO START COMPOSTING

There are lots of thrifty ways to celebrate Earth Day, from hugging a tree to picking up litter to starting a compost heap. Composting turns kitchen and yard waste into economical fertilizer rather than landfill trash. Although it costs nothing to pile food scraps and coffee grounds in the backyard, many composters live in urban areas or prefer to buy bins to contain odor, keep pests away, and speed up the process. Cheapism.com recommends four highly rated compost bins under $50. Two are indoor bins for collecting kitchen waste and two are larger outdoor bins where the composting process happens.

INDOOR COMPOST BIN: OXO GOOD GRIPS COMPOST BIN

The Oxo Good Grips Compost Bin (starting at $20) is small and attractive enough to sit on a kitchen countertop or under the sink. The diminutive bin holds up to 12 cups of compostable material. A handle makes it easy to carry the bin outside and dump the contents into an outdoor composter or collection bin. Reviewers appreciate that this compost bin minimizes odor and is dishwasher-safe.

INDOOR COMPOST BIN: CHEF'N ECOCROCK

The Chef'n EcoCrock (starting at $40) uses a replaceable charcoal filter to absorb odor. Reviewers marvel at how effective it is, noting that the compost bin doesn't attract fruit flies. Many are charmed by the design, which is fit to display on the counter and features a handle shaped like a seedling. An easy-to-clean inner bucket can be removed for dumping and holds 3.5 quarts, limiting back-and-forth trips to a bin outside.

OUTDOOR COMPOST BIN: REDMON COMPOST BIN

The Redmon compost bin (starting at $48) is easy to assemble and light enough to move around the yard, reviewers say. The 65-gallon plastic bin has plenty of ventilation to encourage swift decomposition of waste and a tight lid to keep foreign matter and critters out. Doors on every side of the container offer convenient access to finished compost. If you can't find this one in stock, be patient; online retailer Wayfair expects it to be available in June.

OUTDOOR COMPOST BIN: FISKARS ECO BIN COMPOSTER

The Fiskars Eco Bin Composter (starting at $40) looks a little like a laundry hamper, with nylon mesh sides and no base, a design that allows for airflow and moisture absorption. The open bottom also lets worms and microbes get into the compost and help the process along. The bin has a large 75-gallon capacity and folds down for storage, a feature many reviewers appreciate.