While some suggest it’s the HOA that should be sent to the trash, others offer great advice for a compost solution that may fit the standards.
When you need them, they’re great. For a monthly or annual fee, HOAs can mediate issues between neighbors, help ensure the neighborhood looks new and tidy, and may even provide services (like snow plowing) or amenities (like a community center).
To start, the advice for the original poster was unanimous: Don’t use a metal can. Fellow Redditors suggested that the can may rust, metals may leach into otherwise healthy and organic soil, and the lack of aeration would mean the compost will take a long time to break down.
We’ve summarized our favorite takeaways from the comments with a few helpful approaches:
Hot bins are awesome, small, completely enclosed, and astonishingly effective, yet notably more expensive than other options.
Worm bins can be quite small, work well, and as a bonus, you get to see the lifecycle of your compost in action as the worms break it down. The recommendation is for a system with multiple trays rather than a single container.
Tumblers are enclosed bins on an axis that you turn to tumble the contents. They’re sealed and rodent-proof, making them a reliable option if raccoons roam your yard.
“It might be worth it to build something out of wood and paint it to look nice,” suggests another. “That’s what HOAs really care about, after all. This sub has photos of some awesome ones.”
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