its really quite simple, just layer brown-green-brown-green, by weight not volume- you dont have to measure anything, just eyeball it so its balanced. turn it once and week and check the moisture levels so its like a wrung out wet sponge and wait until it turns into nutrient rich soil and its ready to use! very low maintenance, you just need to get the hand of it,it really is a piece of delicious vegan cake!
Any container with a lid will work. We use plastic containers from the salad bar that have lids and keep them under the kitchen sink. We just wash them out and reuse them after we empty them into the big bin. My in-laws use an old kitty litter bucket with a lid. I have never noticed it smelling up the kitchen as long as the lid is on. But once you take the lid off, phew! It can be stinky if you haven't emptied it in awhile (and depending on what you've thrown in there). So empty it at least once a week.
Composting rules! I FINALLY got my parents to start. I made the link between the poor soil quality in our yard, and the fact that my parents have to buy manure and compost every year to beef up the nutrients in our yard. We keep asking the plants to grow and produce veggies and flowers, etc., but never return anything organic back! No wonder we have poor soil quality. This way - less garbage, better soil and saving money! Plus, secretly - it's kinda fun and makes you feel so good!