Composting Resources

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Build Your Own Compost Bins

Using a compost in keeps the material contained, neat and manageable—and there is a bin to fit every size yard. Use the information below to help you decide which bin to use, then download the plans and build one.

Compost Food and Yard Waste Separately

Pests like ants, rats and raccoons are attracted to food scraps in outdoor bins.
Compost them separately to avoid any unwanted visitors. 

Wood Worm Bin for Food Waste

photo of compost bin planComposting your food scraps in a worm bin is a great way to keep them out of the landfill. The nutrient-rich worm castings make excellent fertilizer for your plants.

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Plastic Bin for Food Waste

Wire Bins for Yard Waste

photo of compost bin planWire bins are the quickest and least expensive bins to construct. They can be used as holding and turning bins, or in combination with one of the larger bins as temporary storage.

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Three-Bin System for Yard Waste

photo of compost bin planThis three-bin system is designed to compost large amounts of yard waste in the shortest period of time. Compost should be ready to use in three to six months.

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Other Resources

Composting Brochure

An overview about how to get started with a composting at home.

Composting brochure cover

What to Feed Your Worms

Reminders about what to add to your worm bin, and what you should leave out.

Worm Bin Reminders

Red Worms

We recommend these local sources for red worms. They supply the worms used in our classes:
Dinkelman Worm Farm
47402 228th Ave SE
Enumclaw, WA 98022 | (253) 632-6184
Yelm Earthworm & Castings Farm
14742 Lawrence Lake Rd. SE
Yelm, WA 98597 | (877) 339-6767