What is the best way to compost indoors? The best type of compost bin to use for indoors?
Welcome to the world of indoor composting! Here we’ll go through everything to think about when considering composting inside.
For years we had an actual garden and space to be able to compost behind the house. After moving to a city though and our apartment community not having any place to dispose of food waste is when it slowly began eating away at my soul the amount of food that was wasted going into the bin and into the landfill.
We go through quite a bit of vegetables in our home like leftover vegetables scrap from these vegetarian zucchini boats or lettuce ruined by being pushed up against the fridge wall on accident so scraps and things like that are consistently something that needs to be disposed of. Indoor composting solves it all for us.
Indoor composting and How to compost indoors?
The best and most efficient way to indoor composting is going to be worms. Yep you read that right. Worm composting aka vermicomposting is so efficient at working through the food waste.
Now you can simply allow food waste to naturally break down and technically you can do that indoors but it’s not pleasant. It’s slow and if it’s slow it means it’s rotting to naturally breakdown.. and rotting smells and can more easily bring unwanted pests like fruit flies.
Worms devour it before it even gets to that point. Instead of having to aerate the compost pile the worms again do that work for you. For a massive in depth dive into worm composting go here.
We go through all the ways to get into worm composting and doing it right to avoid all the mistakes that can happen from indoor composting.
Why would you want to compost indoors?
Indoor composting has so many benefits that even if I had the space again I would continue indoor composting.
- The main benefit is you are indoors! No need to walk outdoors in a storm or when it’s freezing outside to dispose of your food waste.
- With the consistent temperature indoors your worms will never hibernate during the winter as they would if outside. So you get year-round active worms nomming away on your food waste.
- No need to aerate the outdoor compost pile and toss the smelly rotting food around. (Seriously my least favorite task in the winter)
- Your food and waste will much more quickly decompose when it’s not outside in freezing temperatures.
Why don’t you recommend an indoor compost bucket? Is that different from an indoor compost bin?
I know some people who have had success with this. Especially if you have extra space and can place it somewhere REALLY out of the way that you seldom go too. We personally live in an apartment though so space is limited. Which if you are considering indoor composting I’d say that most of us are also limited on space.
The thing with compost buckets like this one is that you either don’t include worms since it’s not an ideal environment for them and then you’ll find they either die, run or both.
The second issue with compost buckets is again if you are relying on just the natural bacterial organisms to break down the food it adds up QUICK. It is a much slower process than essentially feeding the food waste to the worms 🐛
Best type of indoor compost bin? What do I recommend?
We strongly recommend worm composting bins for inside. They don’t smell and the worms devour your food waste efficiently. It doesn’t build up in food waste like a general compost pile in your backyard would.
We like this Worm Compost Bin from Amazon (affiliate link)
You can place this compost bin indoors in the kitchen or somewhere else in the house where it stays a consistent temperature. We personally keep ours in our office. You don’t want to keep it somewhere close by a radiator or somewhere where the temperature is going to fluctuate frequently.
If you are confused how exactly worm composting works and all the super interesting reasons why worm composting is LEGIT start here.
Or once you get your compost bin and are confused what to do next head on our to our vermicomposting page and we’ll break it all down for you. It really is so simple and pretty fascinating.