Outdoor Closed Composting System Recommendation?

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Q: I have two compost questions: I live in Chicago and really want to start composting this summer. But my biggest fear is attracting more wildlife (translation: rats!) to the compost pile. I would like to purchase an inexpensive (if possible) closed system to work with. Does anyone have any recommendations? ...And secondly, I have a LOT of straw baskets left over from office lunches and catering. Can i compost these? They do not look varnished or treated.

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Editor: Maria Finn (who wrote this post for us on worm composting) recommends checking out CompostBins.com and Eco-Outfitter.com for outdoor composters. (Compost Bins has reader reviews on their products, which we always find immensely helpful.) Additionally, check out these posts for more information:

How To Use a Stackable Compost Bin
Best Composters and Tools 2009
The Bokashi Composter

Readers, tell us what you'd recommend to help Rebecca get started!

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