This compost was to tend to the waste of a 4 person household in Arcata, California. The house had a garden beginning and produced a fair amount of green-waste. My goal was to have a flowing system that would produce finished compost over time but one that needed little turning. I also needed something I could deconstruct easily if I left the house. It was in budget and desire to take useable material out of the waste stream. therefore I choose pallets for the main material. I made the system quick as the COVID-19 pandemic set in, without altering the pallets much. After this, I was able to test the design and see what types of needs the house had and how accessing the bays went. Redesigning it gave a whole new design fitting the house's needs and size very well! This is a project anyone can do with a little tool borrowing.
Criteria[edit | edit source]
|Accessablity||Compost should be user friendly to all those in the household as well as future tenets. The system should be reachable for dumping as well as turning.||9|
|Functionality||Able to take in compost from 4 plant-based eaters as well as garden and lawn waste. Stands up to heavy rain. Keeps food scraps inside.||10|
|Uses Waste||Use materials going into the waste stream to use of them. Minimizes cost.||10|
|Move-ablitiy||This system is not needed to last a long time but rather should be able to be deconstructed quickly in case of moving out or landlord changing.||8|
Construction[edit | edit source]
Here is how I revamped the oversized pallet system to fit the needs of my household.
How to Build[edit | edit source]
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
Video Demonstration[edit | edit source]
Here is a short video showing and explaining the compost system before and after:
Short video on how to navigate the system.
Troubleshooting[edit | edit source]
From the first design to the second, these were some adjustments I made. I also made a flow chat to help figure out what is wrong with your compost and how to fix it.
|Compost not decomposing||to small of compost for space|
|Cannot reach back of bays||shorten system|
|Food falling from sides||close holes in pannels|
Lessons learned[edit | edit source]
Building a compost system on a larger scale is very obtainable. Even this rustic one has a nice aesthetic and functions well. Getting to learn from what the inside is doing is the real challenge. Overall, this compost operated as both a windrow pile that could simply sit and decompose over less than a season's time. Or it can be turned to speed up the process. Harvesting finished compost felt great! And the plants enjoyed it!