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Compost Bins made from Pallets

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Making palate compost bins is fairly simple once you have all the materials organized. Plus there are numerous videos on youtube videos on how to build much better ones.

Gather palates that are the same size. (Local businesses give them away for free - saves them from taking them to the dump)

A relatively flat area to place them is best. My land slopes, so I used bricks under the pallets as needed.

Three pallets will make one bin - if you want to do a row of bins, each subsequent bin uses two pallets.

Line up the first side and back pieces. They can be standing up or laying on the ground - which ever is easiest for you. Screw them together with 3 inch or longer screws, at the top bottom and middle - more if you want. Stand the two pieces up and position them where you want it to be. Screw the other side on. (I made sure the slats on the sides lined up and were vertical, so I could slide lumber through and holds materials inside the bin. Slats on the backs ended up being horizontal)

Make sure you are screwing into 2X4's for the best results.

To add a second bin to this, screw the back pallet to one side of the first bin. Then add the side.

I used old lumber through the slits in the pallets to keep the material in place. If you were creative, I'm sure there is a way to add hinges and have a swinging door (made from a pallet) added to the front of your bin. You could also screw a 2X4 to the back of the bins to strengthen it.

I made four bins using nine pallets along the pass through driveway. They were full of manure, leaves, and grass clippings last fall. As you can see, I've been taking the aged compost out of the bin on the right.

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