The Apartment Compost Bin

These are the step-by-step photos of how I set up my worm compost bin. The written instructions with more information are at How to Make a Worm Compost Bin.

This photo series is Part 1 of 2. Next: Adding Worms


1. I bought a plastic storage bin with a lid. I wanted one that was dark, but the only choice was clear bins for the size that I needed to fit in the cabinet space. Doug used his electric drill to make holes for me on the sides and the bottom of the bin. I was concerned that the holes were big enough for the worms to crawl out, but after two weeks only two worms have escaped, and the rest want to stay in the bin.

Worm compost bin


2. With a second storage box stacked underneath, a space is created to collect drainage from excess water.

Worm compost bin


3. First I put in newspaper and cardboard. The cardboard is pieces of cereal boxes and egg cartons. The newspaper is torn into strips so that air can circulate, and I used just the regular newspaper, not the glossy inserts.

Worm compost bin


4. Doug donated a lone sock. Since it’s cotton, it can go in the bin. If the original material is grown, then it can be composted.

Worm compost bin


5. Before adding Doug’s sock to the bin, I cut it up. It will decompose much quicker this way.

Worm compost bin


6. I added some food: apple peels, banana peels, crushed egg shells, tea bags, and coffee grounds.

Worm compost bin


7. The bedding needs water to give the worms moisture and to help the contents break down. Water can be misted or sprinkled over the bin, or you can soak the shredded newspaper in a bowl of water and then squeeze it out.

Worm compost bin


8. I checked the fridge and found some little tomatoes that I had good intentions for, but didn’t eat soon enough, so they go in the bin too.

Worm compost bin


9. I covered all the food with a top layer of moistened newspaper. Then I put the lid on the box and wait for the worms to arrive. Click here to continue.

Worm compost bin


These are the step-by-step photos of how I set up my worm compost bin. The written instructions with more information are at How to Make a Worm Compost Bin.

This photo series is Part 1 of 2. Next: Adding Worms