At YOLO, we’ve taken the concept of compost tumbling and have made it even better through good design and smart engineering.

Our YOLO Compost Tumbler is a convenient method to compost organic waste from the kitchen and garden. As a closed-bin system, compost tumbling matures compost faster than compost heaps and has the advantage of being rat, dog, monkey and pest proof. Our YOLO Compost Tumblers take little space, are odour-free, and they are suitable for homes with large gardens, small gardens or no gardens.

We’ve put thought into making our YOLO Compost Tumbler an attractive addition to your yard. There’s no need to hide it behind the garden shed or dog kennel. Rather, show your YOLO Compost Tumbler to friends, teach them about composting and let them give it a tumble.

If you have limited space, are passionate about recycling organic waste, our YOLO Compost Tumbler is for you.

Please visit our Sizes & Pricing page for a comparison of our three YOLO Compost Tumbler sizes.


Compost tumblers have many qualities in their favour:

  • High temperatures are maintained in the container – ideal for year-round composting
  • Reduces the amount of waste you send to landfill
  • The closed container keeps heat and moisture inside
  • Tumbling aerates the material to keep microbes active
  • Odour-free: the container is closed
  • Compact and suitable for the urban environment
  • Various sizes for apartments, townhouses, sprawling yards, restaurants or schools
  • Once left to mature, material becomes usable compost in six to 12 weeks
  • Wall-mounted and closed, it is inaccessible to rodents, dogs and monkeys
  • YOLO Compost Tumblers are easy to turn, even when full.


We’ve included special design features to make the YOLO Compost Tumbler effective and durable.


Your YOLO Compost Tumbler comes already assembled in its box. Take it out, put it on the ground or mount it on your wall (fittings provided) and start using it. Tear up the box and use it as ‘brown’ material in your compost.


The robust shell is rotomoulded from UV-stabilised polyethylene and can be left outdoors in the sun and rain. The shell is a single unit that will neither leak nor break and the lid is strong and securely bolted to the shell by means of moulded-in brass inserts.


Each YOLO Compost Tumbler has six moulded-in internal fins that efficiently turn, mix and aerate the material, and break up any clumps each time you tumble your YOLO.


The powder-coated steel frame can be free standing – on a level surface – or wall mounted (fittings provided).


Bolts for the hinges and latch are fixed to the shell by means of moulded-in brass inserts. This is a strong and waterproof attachment method.


Quality, rust-proof hinges and a lockable latch keep the lid in place.


The hinged lid, with its lockable latch, fits over a raised edge to keep rain out. The lid covers a wide opening for easy and mess-free transfer of compostable material to the bin. The lid is easy to unlatch and quick to re-fasten. Just remember to fasten the lid before tumbling┬áthe shell. The lid is not airtight or watertight so, after tumbling, always finish with the lid on top – like a roof – to ensure that rain will run off the lid.

If your YOLO Compost Tumbler is wall mounted, park your wheelbarrow under the bin, open the lid and pour out the matured compost. To empty units that stand on the ground, place a large tray or tarp underneath and tip the contents onto the sheet. Drag to where it is needed in the garden.

Neither your naughty pooch, pesky rats nor mischievous monkeys will get into your YOLO Compost Tumbler.


Whether you live in a 3rd floor apartment or a house with a sprawling garden, there is a YOLO Compost Tumbler for you.

The YOLO Compost Tumbler is available in three sizes as double-shell units: Small (2 x 45 litre shells), Medium (2 x 100-litre shells) and Large (2 x 200-litre shells).

The small is perfect for townhouses and apartments where the majority of the compostable material is kitchen waste and a little garden trimmings.

The medium is suited townhouses or homes with small gardens.

The large is suited to homes with any-sized gardens. Used in conjunction with a compost heap / leaf cage, a YOLO can be used in large gardens for a faster turnover of compost and for kitchen waste, which keeps pests out of the compost heap.

The units comes with double shells so that the second shell can be used while the contents in the first is maturing.

small (45-litre shells) and medium (100-litre shells) (Note that we no longer make orange shells)


This is one item that doesn’t need to be hidden behind the garden shed or dog kennel. The YOLO Compost Tumbler is an attractive addition to your garden or courtyard. Visitors are sure to notice it so take their comments as an invitation to introduce them to composting and regale them with tales of your composting successes. We hold stock of green-yellow and brown-green units. Brown-grey units are available on request.


Instead of using your YOLO to make and mature compost, it can be used to efficiently mix:

  • seed
  • fertilisers
  • soil mixes
  • chicken and animal feed


Successful compost is primarily dependant on two factors: the correct brown-green ratio and aeration. The latter is made easy by turning your YOLO Compost Tumbler regularly, when you add new material. Achieving the correct 2/3 brown to 1/3 green material ratio requires more thought.

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