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where do you get pallets from?
I am wondering the same as yellowgrass. Can a regular plastic bin be converted to a plastic composter. They are just too expensive to buy and my local council does not provide them.
I have used pallets for many many years to make compost bins. I place them on a level site and use plastic ties on each corner to hold four in a square. I have three bins together, one is always full, one getting full and the other standing by. When I need to empty the full one I cut the ties on the front pallet, remove it and take out the compost. I make sure it is very dry when I take it out so that I can sieve it. It must be kept damp when it is rotting down. I make sure I chop any hard material so that it rots easier. It rots down quicker if you turn it, but I never do! I just leave it for a year. I empty it out in the spring and spread it onto the ground where I need it.
Hilary, wrap your kitchen waste in newspaper - worms love it and it will stop the issue of waste dropping through the pallets.
All friends and neighbours know to drop off any old carpets they have because I use them on top of my pallet compost bins to weight down the waste and it also allows moisture through (am the same as James Williams - 3 bin system).