15 Best Countertop Compost Bins for Your Kitchen

Composting food scraps in your home is a great way to cut down on landfill waste and upcycle peels, cores and seeds into nutrients for your garden. These countertop compost bins keep it all smell-free and mess-free.

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February 26, 2021

Composting household food waste can help cut down on greenhouse emissions that contribute to climate change by reducing what's sent to landfills. There can be a learning curve to building the habit if you've never composted before, but getting a countertop bin for collecting food scraps and other compostable materials, like napkins and paper towels, can help. We've collected a handful of kitchen-friendly containers specifically intended for composting and food scraps, including a couple that you can use to create your own compost.

Never composted before and not sure where to get started, or live in an apartment and don't know if it's possible for you to do it at home? Check out our tips for getting started.

Dare we say this Dutch food scrap bin is elegant? This tidy container sits pretty on your countertop to collect peels, ends and other scraps while you cook, then you can dump them into your outdoor compost bin later on and easily rinse the plastic clean.

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You can fill this attractive compost container with up to two quarts of food waste. The metal bin comes with a plastic liner you can dump into your outdoor compost, so you can nix the need for bags and easily rinse it out to keep it clean and smell-free.

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Great for anyone with limited counter space, this odor-minimizing stainless steel compost caddy from simplehuman attaches to a magnetic dock that hangs at the side of a rectangular or slim liner rim trash can. You can detach it for use on your kitchen counter, too. The soft-seal lid allows food scraps to breathe, keeping odor under control and pests away. The plastic inner bucket is removable, so it's easy to dump out scraps or clean. The caddy's surface is protected by an invisible fingerprint-proof coating that is also infused with Agion®, an EPA-registered antimicrobial that inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungi, mold and mildew. A 30-pack of Code Z custom-fit compostable liners comes with the bin — the liners fit the caddy perfectly and can be thrown out along with your food scraps since they decompose fully.

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This metal countertop compost bin is embossed with woodland scenes. It holds up to .66 gallons of food waste and comes with two carbon filters.

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Collect up to a gallon of scraps in this sleek, modern-looking pail. The brushed stainless steel exterior helps conceal smudges, while the interior won't absorb the odors of onions, garlic and other strong-smelling foods. Rinse it clean, or pop the pail in your dishwasher; it's only 7.25 inches in diameter and 7 inches high. For even faster cleanup, choose the model that comes with 25 biodegradable BioBag liners.

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A replaceable charcoal filter is underneath the lid of this cute EcoCrock bin; holes provide airflow to help materials break down faster. Made of white ceramic on the outside, there's a green plastic bucket on the inside. Use the stainless steel handle on the inner bucket when you're ready to dump it. The bin holds about 3.5 quarts and comes with two filters.

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This stainless steel bin from Norpro measures 11.5 inches tall and holds up to 1.5 gallons of coffee grounds, eggshells, green trimmings, and fruit and vegetable peels. The lid contains a disposable charcoal filter that prevents odors for up to six months, depending on the heat and humidity in your kitchen.

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This tidy compost collector has a spring-loaded lid that stays attached to the body, so you can dump scraps one-handed without putting a dirty lid on your countertop. It's made to use with compostable bags and holds up to 1.5 gallons of food waste.

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Durable and aesthetically pleasing, this bin features metal construction and screen-printed block lettering, mimicking antique enamelware. The removable plastic bucket makes for easy emptying and cleaning, and the airtight seal on the lid helps deter odors.

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Who says compost bins have to be plain? This ceramic compost bin comes in a few different colors to add a bit of flair to your countertop. It holds up to three quarts of food waste.

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If you want a sleek and unassuming bin for your countertop, look no further than this one from Bamboozle, available in graphite and white. The bin also comes with two dishwasher-safe odor filters.

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This five-gallon compost system is intended to ferment food waste underneath your kitchen sink without the odors, which you can then bury in your garden a few days later. Each bucket, made from 75-percent recycled plastic, comes with a bag of Bokashi compost starter. Ideally, you'd buy two containers, so you can fill one up while the other is fermenting untouched for 10 days once full.

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If you cook a ton with fresh ingredients and need more capacity than a smaller bin affords, this four-gallon, rustic-looking galvanized steel compost bin might be exactly what you need.

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These gorgeous compost bins look like anything but. Made in Birmingham, Ala., from salvaged walnut, they come in two different sizes and three different shades. A metal liner is easy to remove and clean.

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This is probably not what you'd picture when hearing the words "worm farm," but this sleek container made from recycled plastic and cork not only holds food scraps; it's also designed to make the ideal living situation for a family of worms (who aren't included) so you can easily create your own compost at home. Uncommon Goods claims it's odorless, which should help with the initial "yuck" factor of housing a worm farm in your house.

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