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What Is a Compost Barrel?

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A compost barrel is a barrel or bin used to create compost. To create compost, users place leaves, rotten fruit, fruit peels and leftover food in the bin or barrel.

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A compost barrel or bin may be purchased at a local home goods or hardware store. It is also possible to build a compost barrel using weather-treated wood. Weather-treated wood ensures that temperature and weather do not have an adverse effect on the compost. Many store-bought compost bins and barrels have a rotating function, which means that the compost does not have to be turned manually. This allows for more efficient, effective composting.

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