Some general tips on Compost heaps.
It is best to have at least two. This means you can be adding to the second whilst the first is rotten down. For leaves, you will want a dedicated leaf composter – which will be a simpler wire netting or plastic bag.
The bigger the compost heap the better; it enables a higher temperature of composting. This higher temperature means quicker decomposing and more likelyhood of getting rid of disease.
There is a simple art to making compost heaps. Essentially add a mixture of material. See: Tips on making a compost heap.
Plastic Compost Bin
The plastic bin can work well at composting. However, you may need to work harder at watering the compost. My plastic bin tended to dry out. It does have the advantage of keeping the compost in a small area.
Wooden Compost Bin
For a wooden compost bin you can make your own, or buy a pre-made bin like this small one for £25. – Wood Compost bin at Amazon.co.uk Personally, I prefer wooden construction to plastic in the garden. Also, it allows for easier aeration, you can poke a stick through the sides to get some oxygen. This bin is easy to assemble, and the time saved on making your own is probably worth it, unless you enjoy DIY.
Free Compost Bins
Often councils have special offers on compost bins and it is possible to get compost bins free or at vastly reduce rates.
Some cheap / free compost bins may be available here – Recycle Now
Books on compost heaps at Amazon UK