Before you start to think of the right bin, you’ll need to estimate how much material you are going to be composting, and then work on the principal that it’s going to be sitting in that container for 12 months or more (for cold composting). Hot composting will make the material safe in a much shorter time period, but they require more maintenance.

There’s no rules as to which is the best – your composting solution can be as simple as four pallets tied together and a piece of old carpet over the top, a commercial plastic ‘dalek’ bin or a tumbling composter.

If you have a number of compost toilets in a holiday let, part of your planning permission might also include a requirement to compost in sealed containers (ie not open to the ground), but that’s not always the case.

Standard plastic compost bins can be purchased in a number of capacities and it’s likely you’ll need several of them. Keep records of when they are filled, so you know when they’ll be safe to use.

For users who are processing greater quantities of material, Ridan manufacture both hot/rapid composters and metal ‘maturation’ bins which are rat proof.

For more information on the composting process, check out our detailed page:


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