Countertop Holes for Compost & Trash: Why a Chute Is a Good Idea

updated May 12, 2022
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Penelope’s Resourceful Kitchen Renovation (Image credit: Leela Cyd)

Recently, while perusing a few of our vintage (read: 2011) Kitchen Tours, I ran across Penelope and Nathan’s savvy Northeast Portland kitchen and its “compost hole,” as Penelope calls it, carved out of the poured concrete countertops. It’s one of Penelope’s favorite features, and I can see why.

A trash chute in a marble countertop from Tom and Justin’s kitchen (Image credit: Jill Slater)

This “compost hole” — otherwise known as a trash or compost chute — makes quick work of discarding food scraps, and must be a handy little kitchen feature to have around. “It’s such time saver,” says Penelope. “I highly recommend it. [Our contractor] formed it with a large plastic yogurt container. The food lands in a bucket underneath where we also hide away our recyclables.”

A wood version, as seen in Trash Chutes in the Countertop (Image credit: Cultivate via Remodelista)

As long as you remember to empty the bucket underneath the counter (which you’d have to remember anyway, no matter where the trash is located), this seems like a very smart and handy solution.

What do you think? Do you have a countertop compost chute? Tell us about it! Do you love it, or are there downsides to the design?