Kitchen Compost Pail: Dispelling the Dirty, Stinking Myths

It isn’t necessary to have a smelly compost pail in the middle of your kitchen to take advantage of your own composting system. There are methods and systems that you can use that will seal the smells into the pail and out of your kitchen.

Sealed Systems

Gone are the days of an open bowl or a plastic container on the counter in the kitchen to collect fruit peelings, leftover mashed potatoes, and of course, fruit flies.

The newer compost pails have sealed lids so that material can biodegrade without disseminating unpleasant odors into your home and without attracting fruit flies.

With the sealed lids and redundant filters in the pot, these models supersede their smelly predecessors. They are reasonably roomy as well. If you have an outdoor compost pile, you’ll be emptying the bucket twice a week or so.

Attractive Materials

These sealed and filtered compost buckets come in sleek stainless steel to blend into a modern kitchen. Stainless steel pails look great, but they do collect fingerprints. You can also find compost buckets in other materials. Renewable bamboo is a popular one. Bamboo is a quick-growing, environmentally friendly plant that can be used for a variety of purposes. There are also odor free plastic pails that look like a lidded trash can. They also have a filter in the lid. Tight closing ceramic crocks are another style.