The holding bin(s) are best located near to the composting area.
Some materials such as shredded paper and cardboard are easily stored in sealed dustbins, and provided
they are kept dry, the material will not decompose during the storage period. Similarly, woodchip used as a bulking agent if kept dry does not create any problems although I prefer storage in a dustbin rather than a covered pile.
Straw can be left in bales or bags and covered. It can be chopped immediately before use to speed the composting process.
Autumn leaves can be stored in wire netting cages or if dry in olythene or burlap
The storage bins should be suitable for the intented contents for some items such as leaves could be stored in a simple circular or square wire netting bin. Autumn leaves stored in such containers can to
be added to the hot composting bin during the late autumn and winter.
Shredded woody prunings, brassica and similar stalks can also be stored in an empty commercially available plastic or wooden compost bin and homeade
bin made from pallets scrap timber or even old doors. Some recommend using a compost pit and keeping them slightly damp allowing moisture to penetrate the material to make it easier to compost. This offers advantages when using a batch composting with
a set of New Zealand or pallet bins where material can be easily added using a garden fork. Personally, I prefer to keep them dry making handling easier when transferring to commercial composting bins especially when using a horizontal tumbler or bin
with a top lid. The stalks will need chopping or shredding before being added to the hot bin and if being stored in a moist pit it is probably best to chop them before they Are mixed with other waste.
Whether stored damp
or dry cardboard, paper, woody materials and other materials will be soaked when added in layers to construct a hot compost heap or pile. heap