Photo: Are there plastic-free compost bins?

Make your own compost bin.(Credit: Joi via Flickr)

Most city-issued compost bins are made from plastic, probably because it's durable, cheap to make, and keeps vermin out.

For a plastic-free option, check with your local hardware store, source an alternative online, or your best option is to do-it-yourself. Make a compost bin of your very own! That way, you can customize the size to suit your yard and reuse materials like scrap lumber, wooden pallets, cement blocks, wire, snow fencing, a garbage bin, or even an old barrel.

You can find many different compost bin plans online.

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Keep in mind that no matter the design, location is everything. A common rookie mistake is to put the bin at the farthest corner of the yard. No matter where you live—whether it's a cold winter day in London, Ontario or raining in Vancouver, B.C.—make composting more enjoyable by making your bin accessible, so you're more likely to use it. Place it close to the door where you have a short path, allowing you to dash out at any time of year unscathed!

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