You can make your own or there is a wide variety of bins available to purchase. Various types include enclosed bins, rolling bins, and compost tumblers.
Enclosed bins are best for limited space, neat appearance, and low cost. You do not need to turn them and the lid keeps the rain off. They compost slower, from 6 months to 2 years.
Rolling bins can be rolled to and from your yard waste. Tumbling eliminates the need to aerate. Sufficient space is needed to roll the bin. Lid keeps rain off and helps deter animals. However, the bin can get too heavy and difficult to roll.
Compost tumblers are designed so that they turn their content easily. They need limited space, have neat appearances The design makes it relatively easy to aerate, it supplies bacteria with needed oxygen and consequently speeds up decomposition. It’s available in various sizes. The enclosed design helps deter animals. Once the composting process begins, adding more material postpones the finished product.
Compost piles should be a minimum of 3 by 3 by 3 feet. Keep it manageable - too big and you won’t be able to turn it and oxygen will not be able to reach the center. Too small and it will not be able to heat up properly.