Free Compost Bin – The Cardboard Box

Composting For Breast Cancer PreventionBy Dawn Bradford Lange – Breast Cancer Yoga Staff

Composting For A Breast Cancer Free Lifestyle:


5 Steps To Make A Compost Cardboard Bin

Setting Up

  • Choose a shady area.
  • Flat level ground is best.
  • Keep top flaps folded to keep rain out and moisture in.
  • Place weight on top to hold flaps down.
  • Dig shallow hole to place box in or use bricks around outside of box to maintain shape.

How To Compost

  1. Collect all kitchen scraps, yard scraps, newspaper and plain cardboard over the course of one week.
  2. In the center of your cardboard compost bin, add a bit of each material at a time so they mix together. Wet and shred your newspapers and cardboard, and add them to the mix.
  3. When you’re ready to add to your pile, dig a hole in the center of the pile, where the previous material is breaking down. Deposit your fresh materials in the hole, shredding and mixing as you go, then cover the pile again.
  4. It’s good to add a dusting of soil as you add your materials. It doesn’t have to be great soil, any will do to introduce bacteria into the pile.

Compost Cooking Time
Once the bin is full, leave it to finish breaking down, checking once per week that it is still moist. The compost should be ready in about 3 months, so get yourself another cardboard box and start a second bin while you wait.

Compost Uses

  • Growing plants & vegetables.
  • Fertilize yard.
  • Managing waste on your property.
  • Grow food sustainably.

Compost Maintenance

    1. Follow the method described above and you won’t need to rotate/turn your compost.
    2. Temperatures above 122 F is desirable because at this temperature, weed seeds, grass, plant diseases and even human diseases are destroyed.
    3. Rats can be a problem as they are drawn to the kitchen scraps in a pile. If your compost bin is attracting rats, consider containing all your fresh material until it has partially decomposed. At this stage rats will no longer be attracted to it, and you can add it to your cardboard compost bin.
    4. Stationary bins are easy DIY projects if you remember the basic elements needed for compost to thrive: moisture, oxygen, and warm temperature.

Think of this as the poor man’s compost bin, or poor woman’s compost bin. Another big factor in composting is that it does reduce global warming. Instead of all our waste being dumped into the waste landfills we can create rich healthy soil for our veggies and flowers to grow in. You will also feel good about your green decisions and lifestyle switch, and you can do this without enduring any additional costs. I know this bin is simple but that is what we want. Compost bins can costs anywhere up to $300.00 especially the deluxe bins. This bin works and is easily replaced


Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at if you have questions.

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  1. Marie Pavlovsky says:

    You say to contain fresh materials until it has partially decomposed, in order to deter rats. How do you contain those materials? What method do you use? Or where do you contain them? Please give examples. Thank you.


  2. F MEEHAN says:

    thanks! great idea. I was looking to do a compost at the store. I am getting a lot of wheat grass and have some great compost material.


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