I ordered myself a compost keeper:
No, that's not my kitchen, just the catalog picture.
We started composting last summer after we moved to the country. We kept it in an old ice cream pail on the counter. It serves the purpose, and it was free. But if you know me, you know I like fancy. Even though I usually have piles of dirty dishes on my kitchen counter so that my kitchen isn't lovely to look at, I want to be able to make it lovely. And an ice cream pail as a permanent countertop decoration is not going to cut it.
So I kept looking at this ceramic, lidded, charcoal-filtered compost holder in a catalog but didn't want to spend the money yet last year. Then I stopped saving scraps for the winter because I didn't feel like trudging through snowbanks to bring it to my pile. And then this spring I went for the fancy container. It's nice except that they made it with a little lip at the bottom, a handy little place for junk to get stuck. So I'm lining it with produce bags - the "reuse" part of the recycling mantra.