I had a reader email the other day and ask where I keep my compost bin. I’ve always kept mine under the kitchen sink in the past but I stumbled upon this fascinating article when I went to research where other people keep them. Apparently the location of the bin matters A LOT when it comes to increasing the amount composted.
There was a recent study done by researchers the University of British Columbia that showed placing a compost bin within 5 feet of the front door increased composting rates by 141 percent. I’m not sure I could handle that, even if it encourages the reduction of food waste! Keeping the bin under the sink in the kitchen makes more sense to me because it’s where I prepare our food. In this case, though, the bins were outside the house within 5 feet. I could probably handle that if I lived in an apartment building depending on what the setup was like. That’s where they did the study.
Compost and recycling bins were placed around high-density residential buildings in three locations: the garbage disposal area, at the bottom of the elevator, and just outside the doors of individual suites. The best results were seen when a compost bin was placed within 5 ft from a door. It’s not surprising given that we are a society that thrives on convenience.
Where is your compost bin located? Do you think you would be more likely to compost if you relocated it? Do you think they’re onto something?
New to composting? Check out my post on Composting for the Home Gardener.