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Low Cost Compost Bins for New York City Residents

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NYC residents can purchase various types of backyard compost bins and also worm compost bins at reduced prices from certain NYC Compost Project sites. The models available (shown below) are suitable for city composting; they are easy to use and fit into an automobile for easy transportation, the differences are primarily in appearance. Proof of New York City residency is required to buy a bin.

The recycled plastic bins are available to NYC residents at cost for $65 - these bins normally retail for $75 to $95, plus sales tax, shipping, and handling. (Due to budget cuts, these are no longer available for the DSNY-subsidized price of $20.) The metal garbage can composter is sold at cost for $23.

Worm bin starter kits, including one pound of red wiggler worms, are also available for $55. Residents who attend NYC Compost Project workshops on indoor composting in any borough can purchase a worm bin, including worms, at cost for $44.

Compost Cranks are periodically available to NYC residents for $42 at some Compost Project sites. Just crank the beveled spiral tip in and pull out to mix and aerate your compost. The Crank easily penetrates densely packed, chunky, fibrous compost.

garden gourmet compost bin
earth machine compost bin
metal garbage can composter
worm bins
compost crank

For more information, see where to buy worms and links to websites about equipment and bin construction ideas.

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GARDEN GOURMET COMPOST BINgarden gourmet bin

Height: 36"
Width: 24"
Depth: 24"
Weight: 29 lbs
Capacity: 11 cubic feet
at cost: $65 each (tax included)

Contact:
NYC Compost Project
Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden, compost@nybg.org, (718) 817-8543

NYC Compost Project
Hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden, compost@bbg.org, 718-623-7290

NYC Compost Project
Hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, info@lesecologycenter.org, (212) 477-3155

NYC Compost Project
Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, compost@snug-harbor.org, (718) 425-3558

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EARTH MACHINE COMPOST BIN earth machine

Diameter at Top: 23.5"
Diameter at Base: 33"
Height: 33"
Weight: 15 lbs
Capacity: 10.5 cubic feet
at cost: $65 each (tax included)

Contact:
NYC Compost Project
Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden, compost@queensbotanical.org, (718) 539-5296

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METAL GARBAGE CAN COMPOSTER metal composter

Height: 23"
Diameter at Base: 15.25"
Diameter of Lid: 17"
Weight: 7.3 lbs
Capacity: 3 cubic feet (approx)
at cost: $23 each (tax included)

Contact:
NYC Compost Project
Hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, info@lesecologycenter.org, (212) 477-3155

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WORM BINS worm bin

Width: 19"
Height: 16"
Depth: 12"
Weight: 1 lb
Capacity: 3 lbs kitchen scraps/week; indoor use
$55 each (tax included), including 1 lb red wiggler worms

Contact:
NYC Compost Project
Hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, info@lesecologycenter.org, (212) 477-3155
("Wormshop" participants receive a coupon to purchase a worm bin, including 1 lb of worms, at cost for $44 from the NYC Compost Project hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center.)

Note: Worm Bins (of varying sizes) are also available for purchase at select NYC Compost Project workshops. Search under "organic waste" on the nycwasteless calendar for up and coming workshops and trainings where worm bins are available for purchase on site.

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COMPOST CRANK compost crank

Length: 45" long
Weight: 2 lbs
Shaft: 3/8" diameter
stainless steel
Handles: 100% recycled
black nylon
at cost: $42 each (tax included), when available

Contact:
NYC Compost Project
Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden, compost@nybg.org, (718) 817-8543

NYC Compost Project
Hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, info@lesecologycenter.org, (212) 477-3155

NYC Compost Project
Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden, compost@queensbotanical.org, (718) 539-5296

NYC Compost Project
Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, compost@snug-harbor.org, (718) 425-3558

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ALSO SEE:
outdoor composting
indoor composting
other ways to recycle food scraps
using your compost

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