Composters can be ordered from the Conservation District Office online through or you can call the District Manager (734-.718.5506) to check availability and have us hold a composter for you. Price: $140.00 plus tax.
Products arrive in 2-3 weeks if not in stock. Pick-up will be at the District Office unless notified otherwise.
See the Products page for current prices and to order on-line.
Tumbling-style composters are perfect where space is limited. They require only a 3 X 4 foot area. Assembled dimensions: 36" wide X 36" deep X 46" tall. Weight: 75 lbs.
- Eliminate back strain with this hip level composter. By using a rocking motion to build momentum, the tumbling composter is relatively easy to turn.
- Low maintenance, nothing to clog up.
- Pest-proof, fully enclosed, off the ground compost bin.
- Composter can be easily moved around the yard.
- Avoids odor problems by controlling moisture and aeration in excessively dry or rainy areas.
- After a few loads, finished compost can be achieved in as little as 4 weeks.
- Composter barrel is made from recycled, food-grade, high density polyethylene plastic that has been thoroughly cleaned, then assembled in the USA. Frame is made of 100% recycled plastic lumber.
- Center tube aerates compost & steel bars break-up and fluff-up compost during tumbling for better aeration. (See picture at right)
- Best composting action is achieved in full sun, partial-sun minimum. Black color absorbs and holds heat, enhancing decomposition.
- 55-gallon capacity (7.3 cubic feet).
- Color: Black. Composter can be painted, but will reduce its ability to absorb heat.
- Comes fully assembled with composting instructions.
- 5-year warranty on materials and workmanship.
- Composters are made from recycled barrels, so they may have surface blemishes, such as markings, scrapes, scratches, small dents or gouges. These do not affect the operation or use of the composters.
The three main ingredients that a composter needs are heat, oxygen, and moisture. The best position to place your composter is in full sun or at a minimum partial sun. The black barrel will absorb heat all day and hold heat during the night, and will not cool down as much as an open bin or stacking bin, maintaining the composting process.
Use a 50-50 mix of Kitchen (Green) and Yard (Brown) material in your composter.
Do not use soil, starter, accelerator, fertilizer or any other material other than yard and kitchen scraps.
You can start adding kitchen scraps as soon as you have your composter is set-up. When you toss in your first amount of kitchen (Green) scraps, see what is in the composter and add the same amount of yard (Brown) material.
When the compost is finished it will have the consistency of heavy loamy soil. Dump the compost material into a wagon, cart, wheelbarrow or on the ground and work it into your garden soil, flower beds or other places you use compost. Then start another batch.
For additional information, refer to the instruction sheet provided with your composter.
Take a look at the following links for more information about composting:
With proper installation, maintenance and use, tumbling composters should function properly. The Washtenaw County Conservation District assumes no liability for the installation, maintenance, property damage or injury that may be associated with the use of tumbling composters.