Form and function shouldn’t be at odds with each other – these stylish compost bins allow us do our part to keep food scraps out of landfills while also keeping a cohesive look on our countertops.
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Put This Baby in the Corner
For those with limited counter space, we feel your pain. A round compost bin takes up entirely far too much space, relative to how much it can hold. That’s why we love this angular option. The rectangular shape of the Joseph Joseph compost bin means you can tuck it neatly into a corner of the counter without taking up much real estate. Plus, with nearly 9,000 ratings giving this compost bin an average 4.6 out of 5 stars, you know you’ve got the best bin on the market. Joseph Joseph Intelligent Waste Compost Bin, Amazon, $45.
Steel-ing the Show
This countertop compost bin isn’t just pretty, it’s highly functional. Made from hard-coated steel, this canister has a removable inner plastic liner that makes cleaning much easier. You should always use a paper or plastic liner bag for your bins (especially compost bins), but you should also be cleaning the inside of your bin itself on a regular basis. This lightweight, removable inner liner makes that process much simpler. Another thing we love about this beauty of a bin is how versatile its style is, with a retro design suited to cozy, cottage-esque kitchens but still a sleek enough look for any modern, minimalist kitchen, too. Typhoon Compost Caddy with Carbon Filters, Amazon, $20.
Bamboo for You
We’re obsessed with this countertop compost bin from Bamboozle. Not only will it keep your scraps out of the landfill, you’ll also be keeping plastic out of the landfill with this option. This is because this stunning bin is made from biodegradable bamboo fibre, meaning at the end of its life, this bin will decompose back into the earth from where it came! And yes, believe it or not, it’s dishwasher safe, so you won’t even have to wash this little guy by hand. If the eco-conscious features of this bin aren’t enough to win you over, its organic shape and natural colour options will. Bamboozle Countertop Compost Bin, Towne Goods, $64.
The Eco Hero
This little countertop compost caddy does double duty for the planet from the comfort of your kitchen. Not only will it house your cooking scraps for turning into nutrient-rich compost, the bin itself is made from 100 per cent recycled plastic. Addis Eco Compost Bin, Amazon, $43.
This one’s for the unconventional folk out there who don’t mind going the extra mile (and aren’t afraid of creepy crawlies). Take a look inside this countertop sculpture and discovery something a little surprising: worms, lots of worms. This odourless, recycled-plastic-and-cork worm composter can process the scraps of two to three people per week. Living Composter, Uncommon Goods, $282.
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A Chock-Full Crock
One common problem with countertop compost bins? The smell. If you have a particularly sensitive nose, you’ll want to check out this NoPro innovation. Made from thick ceramic, this sturdy and stylish 1-gallon vessel also has a built-in charcoal filter to eliminate odour while it collects compost. Norpro Ceramic Compost Crock, Cook Store, $50.
Steel of a Deal
Need a bin that’ll last you your whole life? This classic, high-quality stainless steel compost bin, available in two sizes, is the only one you’ll ever need. We love that it comes with an attached handle so that you can easily carry this lightweight bin outside for compost disposal. Stainless-Steel Compost Pail, Lee Valley, starting at $35.
Old But New
If you’re suffering from decision fatigue and have no idea which bin will look cutest in your kitchen, we recommend this versatile option. Using retro styling with a modern twist, this enamelled compost bin will adds a touch of old world charm while still having the clean silhouette and design of a modern tool. Plus, this compost bin has an odour-absorbing carbon filter in the lid. Enamelled Metal Compost Bin, Simons, $30.
Rise and Grind
If you consider yourself an eco hero, you’ll love the concept of this product. This powerful 2-L countertop composter dries and grinds most food scraps (including chicken bones!) during a four-to-eight-hour cycle, resulting in ready-to-use compost. Vitamix FoodCycler, Amazon, $500.
Bigger is Sometimes Better
Admittedly bigger than most countertop composters, the Urbalive Wormbox still gets a big thumbs up thanks to its simple, modern design and substantial processing capacity. With this tool, your scraps can go directly from your garbage to your garden in the form of rich, nutritious compost. Don’t panic if you aren’t a fan of neon green – this beauty of a bin is available in multiple colours, including neutrals. Urbalive Worm Farm, Wormbox, $300.