Wire Fencing Bin

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters

1. Bins made from wire fencing material are inexpensive. The bin may be of any size to suit the situation. The bin in the pictures can hold about a cubic yard of organic material. The fence piece pictured is three feet high by eleven feet in length.

Finished wire-fencing bin

2. Sandwich the wire edges with wood slats fastened together. The slats stabilize the wire so that the bin will stand upright.

Young woman holding two wooden slats, size about 3 feet long by 1-1/2 or 2 inches wide
Young woman holding wooden slat along 3 foot edge of wire fencing material

3. Hold bin edges together with a spring-loaded clamp then a thick wire tie around the slats.

Young woman holding wire fencing upright with wooden slats attached at each
Close-up of slats placed together

4. Line the inside of the bin with a tarp or pond liner fabric. This significantly decreases evaporation from the bin.

Young woman lining inside of bin with blue tarp

5. Cover the contents of the bin after adding organic materials. This keeps the moisture in and the flying insects out.

Young woman covering top of bin with plastic tarp

Additional comments for Wire Fencing Bin method:

  • If shade is not available, the bin may be covered with two layers of shade fabric or cardboard.
  • Maintain a moisture level in the organic materials that it is similar to the moisture content of freshly brewed coffee grounds, saturated but not dripping.
  • As this bin has a volume of a cubic yard it may used for hot process composting or a cold static or actively managed process. For ease of turning, the bin can easily be collapsed and reassembled nearby.

Please read our brochure Composting in the Desert.

If you have questions you may send them in an email to compost-questions@nmcomposters.org.

To see other styles of homemade compost bins see Homemade Compost Bins for the Desert.

Photos are by Mike Stoy.