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Rats damaged bins“In 1989, City Farmer was asked by Metro Vancouver to come up with an idea to prevent rats from accessing compost bins. Pest control experts said that the answer was to “build them out”. So a new compost bin had to be invented, with four impenetrable sides, plus a lid and base to prevent entry by rodents.

Inventors came up with plastic, wood and metal bin designs. One excellent metal bin, the “Speedibin”, was created by Fred Francis of Victoria, BC. A small number of his bins were manufactured, but because plastic bins flooded the market at a much lower price, the metal bins didn't survive.

Now Fred's daughter Joyce has resurrected the “Speedibin”. For those who have been visited by a rat or want a very strong bin, this metal composter is a wonderful alternative to plastic.”

- City Farmer News, July 2011

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