Decide where to put the compost bin. Make sure it's in a nice shaded area and well drained. Too much sun will dry it out. We are using a tumbling bin, which produces compost faster (turning it regularly increases aeration), keeps out rats, and looks neat.
Add organic compost and straw to the bin to get started. Make sure you have an even ratio of brown to green waste. Brown waste is high carbon material such as paper, cardboard and straw. Green waste is high in nitrogen, such as coffee grounds, manure and kitchen waste. Normally you would need to layer the different waste types, but in a tumbler bin you can just throw it all in and mix together.