I believe I should take responsibility for my own food waste instead of sending it to a landfill. Through worm composting, I not only take responsibility for my food waste, I turn a negative (food scraps) into a positive (worm poop) which helps me close the nutrient loop and grow more food for my family.
Informally and professionally, I have been teaching people to worm compost since 2008. In my opinion, the best worm bin for sale today is The Worm Factory 360. The Worm Factory 360 is ideal for the rookie or experienced worm composter at home or in the classroom.
My Review of the Best Worm Bin, the Worm Factory 360
This is the best worm bin available for purchase. Like many worm bins, the Worm Factory 360 uses a tray system that allows for ‘flow through’ worm composting. Each tray has many different holes in the bottom to allow the composting worms to move up and down the system while keeping the vermicompost in the tray. Once the bottom tray in the stack has been fully processed by the composting worms, it is time to remove that tray, use the worm compost, fill the empty tray with fresh worm bin bedding, and add it to the top of the system.
Since composting worms live in the top few inches of bedding, they are constantly moving upward through the holes in the trays to find fresh worm bin bedding and food, leaving their valuable worm castings behind in the lower trays for you to easily collect. This system also includes a valve at the bottom so that you can easily remove excess worm bin leachate. If you are going to purchase a worm bin this is the one I recommend.
What I like about the Worm Factory 360:
- The trays are large: Because red wiggler composting worms like to live in the top few inches of worm bin bedding, the surface area of your worm bin is more important than depth. If you want a larger worm herd that can process food scraps into worm castings faster, you need to optimize the surface area in your bin.
- It comes with 4 trays. In my opinion flow through worm bins work best with 4 trays.
- The lid: unlike some of its competitors, the Worm Factory 360 includes a lid with a screened air vent that fits snugly on top of the system.
- The height of the system: You can easily fit a collection container under the valve to collect the worm bin leachate.