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The Best Compost Bins For Small Kitchens

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Stylish and functional compost bins for small kitchens that will inspire you to compost!

Food is a basic human need. Yet the waste that’s created contributes to 6% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Restaurants, grocery stores and our own households generate a good amount of food waste on a daily basis. And if you have a tiny squad of picky eaters, you know that’s not far from the truth!

So what can you do to reduce food waste? By composting!

What Is Composting?

Composting is the method of taking food waste and other organic items, placing them into a bin, and allowing everything to decompose and biodegrade into nutrient-rich material.

Composting is really quite beautiful. You’re essentially guiding dead matter into the afterlife, where it will emerge as something purposeful—it will contribute to the growth of new living matter. It’s literally the circle of life.

Compost acts as a natural fertilizer and soil conditioner that’s used throughout the world for organic farming, gardening and landscaping. It also acts as a natural pesticide, reducing the need for harmful chemicals in agriculture.

There are three main ways to compost: continuous composting, batch composting, and indoor composting.

Continuous composting occurs outdoors within large containers. This is a method primarily used by gardeners. Food scraps and landscape items such as weeds, grass clippings and twigs are continuously placed inside to biodegrade.

Just as the name infers, batch composting occurs in batches in order to biodegrade at a faster rate. Food waste and other material are added into a pile at one time, then mixed and tumbled a couple of times a day until the compost is “cooked” and ready to be used. Then it’s switched out with new waste and the process is repeated.

Indoor composting consists of composting on a smaller scale—mostly kitchen food scraps which are tossed into a gallon sized countertop bin that contains an odor absorbing charcoal filter. This smaller production of compost is typically used on household plants and small gardens.

Why You Should Compost

Composting helps fight climate change! As mentioned previously, food that ends up decomposing in landfills contributes to six percent of global green house gas emissions.

When you compost, your small contribution helps reduce these greenhouse gas emissions, and you’re supplying your lawn, garden and household plants with organic and rich nutrients.

What can you compost?

You can compost most fruit/vegetable scraps, crushed eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags and old bread. If you’re using an outdoor bin, you can throw in larger twigs, weeds, and grass clippings, etc.

What can’t you compost?

You should never compost meat, fish, dairy products or oil of any kind, as these items will only attract maggots and rodents.

Are you ready to get started?

If indoor composting sounds appealing, then you should definitely give it a try! You’ll feel great about recycling organic matter and turning it into something purposeful.

Below are a few excellent indoor countertop compost bins to get you inspired. They all come with tight seals and charcoal filters to trap odor, so no need to worry about attracting flies.

Concern about odor is a main reason that prevents people from pursuing this practice, but there’s really no need to worry about it.

These bins are easy to clean, and are meant to be hand washed only. It’s also up to you if you’d like to use a biodegradable liner. It’s really not required, but it’s easier to maintain a clean bin that way. Some of these bins come with liners included, and some must be purchased separately.

Lucky Family Compost Bags

Another great feature about countertop bins is the size. They’re all primarily one gallon-sized containers, so they’ll fit just about anywhere without taking up much space.

They also all come in different styles—from retro to modern and contemporary. And, stainless steel to ceramic and more. So whatever look you’re into, there’s a compost bin out there that’ll match your kitchen decor.


This ceramic 3 quart countertop compost bin by Norpro contains an odor eliminating lid that traps smell for up to six months! It’s small and makes a perfect addition to any farmhouse style kitchen.


This 1.6 gallon countertop bin is made from acacia wood and contains a stainless steel insert. It’s perfect for rustic style kitchens!

Modern Barnhaus

This adorable turquoise compost bin is 1.3 gallons and is made from stainless steel. It includes a year’s supply of charcoal filters (6) and biodegradable liner bags (50), a user manual and a helpful composting dos and don’ts magnet.

Kitchen Craft

This vintage looking steel compost bin holds about 105 fl ounces. This compost bin might look small, but it has a generous three-litre capacity, and comes with two charcoal filters for odor prevention.


This oval 1.6 gallon compost bin is made of brushed titanium steel. It has a more contemporary look for those who like their kitchen decor simple. It contains a filter and tight seal to prevent odor. It’s also fingerprint proof and easy to clean.

Chef’n Store

This contemporary ceramic countertop compost bin allows you to collect up to 3-quarts of food scraps. It features a vented lid with a charcoal filter that absorbs odors, keeping your kitchen smelling fresh.


This stylish farmhouse kitchen compost bin by Granosi is 1.3 gallons. It comes with two extra filters in addition to the one that’s already installed.

7 replies »

  1. It’s always easier to do something good when you have a cute and stylish way to do it! Thanks for the recommendations!


    • That’s really great! It’s always awesome to see people take initiative when their resources are limited. As a military family, I’ve lived in lots of towns that don’t recycle—in fact, you have to pay extra to get a recycling bin!


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