My compost pile way back in the corner of the yard. Mostly leaves, grass clippings, table scraps etc. I figure back there the animals can feast and it will keep them away from the house about 150 ft away. I try and turn it over every couple of weeks. It will get spread on the garden when I till it in May.
I have one of those bins near the house that has just kitchen scraps over the winter when I can't to the back of the property. It's about 1/2 full now. When the snow melts and it dries up a bit, I will have to take that and mix it with a bunch of leaves I have piled back there.