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Installing a Under-Counter Compost Bin (page 1 of 2)

Composted food scraps are a great garden fertilzer -- and they're free. Take the hassle out of collecting the scraps by installing a compost bin underneath your countertop.

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  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Countertop bins conceal the body of the bin, which is set into the countertop. The design is commonly used for recycling food, scraps or waste, such as vegetable peelings. These may then be composted domestically or put out for collection.

Draw a Guideline on the Countertop

Draw a cutting guideline on the countertop. The bin's manufacturer should provide a template, as well as instructions for fitting, but here the lid ring is being used for this purpose. Positioning is very important with a bin of this type, as it is necessary to cut a hole in the countertop, meaning mistakes are not easily rectified.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut the Guideline

Create a starter hole with a drill. Then use a jigsaw to cut around the guideline.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fit the Outer Ring

Position the lid ring in the hole. Some manufacturers recommend fixing the ring with silicone sealant around the underside of the rim.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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