Compost tumblers convert yard waste to finished compost much faster than stationary compost bins because they allow you to churn and instantly aerate the waste. Our version uses a plastic 55-gallon drum for lots of compost bin room.
Waste becomes compost thanks to millions of hungry microbes, which break it down and convert it to nutrient-rich fertilizer. Those microbes need oxygen to thrive, and turning the compost tumbler daily creates fresh air pockets in the mix. You can accomplish the same thing by churning a pile of compost with a shovel, but a composter makes it much easier. And the more thorough mixing speeds decomposition. Learn how to build a compost tumbler with these simple drum composter plans.