Break It Down: 4 Composters For Small Spaces


A common misconception is that you can’t garden and make sustainable living choices if you are limited on space. That’s simply not true! Anyone can take small steps to living more sustainably. Take the first gardening step by picking up a packet of herb seeds and grow those in a container. Or join a community garden where you can have your own plot to grow whatever you’d like.

No matter how big your garden is, you’ll want to start composting. Compost provides a great source of nutrients to your growing fruits and vegetables. And it’s easier than you might think! While you can build your own compost bin, there are plenty of ready-made compost bins to help you jumpstart the process. And there are some that are even designed to work well in smaller spaces.  Lets take a look at four.

NatureMill Mini Composter

NatureMill Mini Composter. Image courtesy of NatureMill.


The NatureMill is a stylish composter that will fit right in with your high-end kitchen. Unlike traditional compost bins, the NatureMill does need to be plugged in (it uses about $0.50 of electricity each month). However, this means that the food breaks down faster and you can even compost meat and dairy. Measuring in at only 20″ x 12″ x 20″, the NatureMill is great for apartment dwellers and others with limited space.

Mr.ECO Kitchen Pail with Tumbler

Does the idea of watching food compost make you a bit squeamish? Then The Mr.ECO Kitchen Pail with Tumbler just might be the right choice for you. It has a patented design that hides the waste from your sight. Just dump your scraps in, turn it and it’s gone. This is perfect if you don’t have any outdoor space to compost because it eliminates smell and the attraction of insects.

ENVIROCYCLE Mini Composter/Composteamaker

ENVIROCYCLE Mini Composter/Composteamaker. Image courtesy of Envirocycle Systems.

Envirocycle Mini Composter/Composteamaker

Unlike the NatureMill and Mr.ECO, the Envirocycle Mini is designed to be used outside. It also has a small profile at 19” x 18.5” x 20.5”, so it would work well on a small deck, porch or patio. It has a 4-6 week compost time, so even though it’s a smaller composter, you can produce enough compost to feed a small garden. And it comes full assembled, so you can start composting your food scraps right away.

Can-O-Worms Worm Composter

Vermicomposting is a great way to compost your kitchen waste as well. Worm castings provide rich nutrients for your soil. There are many vermicomposting systems on the market. The Can-O-Worms Worm Composter has a profile that works well for smaller spaces. Measuring 29″ tall x 20″ wide, it can be tucked away out of site while producing great compost for your garden.

What is your favorite way to compost in small spaces?

Feature image courtesy of NatureMill

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Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering, founder of Green Moms Media and essential oil fanatic, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former corporate marketing communication manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life.