How to Make an Indoor Compost Bin for Your Kitchen

Posted on Apr 14 2009 - 6:55pm by Mike Lieberman

The following instructions on how to make a compost bin can be scaled up or down based on the space that you have. Since I was dealing with the small space of my kitchen, I used a smaller 10 gallon garbage can. If you have more space, you can use a bigger can. The same concepts apply.

Making your own compost is a great way to cut into your out of pocket costs when starting a vegetable garden.

The tools and materials to build an indoor compost bin:


  • Drill with 1/4″ bit

  • 10 gallon metal garbage can
  • Black and white newspaper
  • Rubber mat
  • Organic potting mix
  • Composted organic manure
  • Old furniture legs
  • Food scraps
    Building the bin went down like this

  • Drilled holes in the bottom of the garbage can. Supposedly this allows for aeration and to help the compost do it’s thing.
  • Shredded the newspapers by hand.
  • Set up mat and rested garbage can on the furniture legs.
  • Put in first layer of newspapers and some of the potting mix.
  • Added a layer of the food scraps (Totally forgot to take a picture of this part).
  • Sprinkled some of the composted manure.
  • Covered with layer of newspaper and potting mix.
  • Food layer. Then another layer of newspaper and soil.
  • Closed up and done.