Wood and Wire Cage-Type Composting Bin

Solid Waste Management Program fact sheet
Division of Environmental Quality Director: Ed Galbraith

Wood and Wire Cage-Type Composting Bin artwork.

Compost Bin Design

A wood and wire cage-type composting bin can be constructed in about two hours. The benefits of this type of composting bin are its simplicity to build, low cost and ease of turning compost because of removable side panels. Also, the bin is portable and its wire screening allows for good air circulation. The cost of the bin varies depending on the source of materials.

List of Materials List of Tools
1 2” x 4” x 12’ rot resistant material such as cedar, redwood, plastic lumber or Chromated Cooper Arsenate (CCA) pressure treated wood Hammer
Wire cutters
3 2” x 4” x 12’ construction grade Industrial-type stapler with ½” staples


36” x 12’ length of 3 hardware cloth (screen) Screwdriver (if screws are used)
128 12d galvanized nails or 13” screws
8 3” hook-and-eye latches

Dimensions graphic.

Construction Details

Rot Resistant Lumber on Bottom

For more information call or write:

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Solid Waste Management Program
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
800-361-4827 or 573-751-5401 office
573-526-3902 fax
dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp Program Home Page