Sunday, May 27, 2012

Fresh Air Full Circle Compost Bin

I'm new to the world of composting. We now live in a compost-friendly building with several large bins outside in a city that composts pretty much everything. No excuse for me not to do it at home. I wanted a bin that I could keep under the sink next to the trash can, which would be convenient enough to drop off outside every few days.

I first saw the Full Circle compost bin from Fresh Air on OpenSky. It's easily the most modern-looking of the compost bins out there, which is why it caught my eye. I figured it would be the most savvy of the options after reading some reviews. There were a few complaints about the compost bags that it comes with, so I picked up a different brand of bags just in case.

Pros:  The Full Circle is stylish and doesn't take up much space. I know it really doesn't matter what your compost bin looks like, but it makes me design-happy. Because it's small, we have been filling it at least every two days, which is fine because you don't want to keep waste around for much longer than that. Any bigger and I'd worry about attracting fruit flies.

It's odor-free. The bin allows air to flow through for "aerobic breakdown" of your compost. Many bins are sealed tightly and break down the waste more quickly, which translates to a smellier situation.

It's comparable in price ($29.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond) to other bins, but has smarter design.

It's simple to use and is dishwasher-safe. The lid pops open with a touch and the bags are easy to remove.

Cons: The bags they provide are not great. It says to change them every few days, and I don't think you can go more than two days without the bag threatening to rip when you remove it. Our bag was full after two days with coffee grounds and fruit/veggie scraps and I had to double it with another bag because it started to tear. It only comes with 5 bags, however, so you have to buy a new package of bags. Try BioBags, they're much stronger.

Again, it is small, which I consider a pro because it fits neatly underneath my sink. But if you drink a lot of coffee or have a lot of veggie scraps, or a bigger household, you'll need to empty it daily. That said, it is an ideal size for apartment living. If you have outdoor space, you might want to invest in an outdoor bin that is larger.

Get it: If you want to check it out in person, we found ours at Bed Bath & Beyond after researching it on Amazon and OpenSky.  It also comes in Black/Green.


Fortunate Cookie said...

I'm so happy I spotted this in home goods a few weeks ago for $12. But I didn't get it until I looked it up a couple of days ago for $25. Today, it was on the clearance shelf! $8!!!

Xander Lawson said...

The part where it allows air to go through it isn't settling well with me. In fact, that could easily let odors out so I'd recommend having a dehumidifier right next to it.