I started composting around 1998. The first bin i ever used was, as I recall, the Compost Cage, a piece of rectangular mesh plastic that turned into a bin when the ends were fastened together. I liked it so much that I asked Richardson for another, and got it. It was a lot of fun to make piles, and I learned that when the bin was removed the pile would remain pretty much intact, though the top would tend to spread, giving the pile a cupcake-like form.
Unfortunately (actually fortunately) squirrels or some other rodent chewed holes through the bins. Thus began my mission to build a better bin. For now I will omit the bin details and focus on the name of my product. I was an avid student of composting…reading (rather trying to read) every book I could find. I think what struck me the most was that, for the most part, all of the books said the same thing. Many books had more sketches of bins (bin concepts, I’m pretty sure one sketch never existed in real life) than photographs. I then decided my mission was to introduce revolutionary suburban composting concepts. My backyard was to become a small-scale factory, to the greatest practicable extent. The factory concept gave rise to the name of the bin and the accompanying processes: Pile Pro.