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How Renters Can Go Green: A Beginner’s Guide to Composting

A woman putting organic waste into a compost bin. Composting is a simple and useful practice that anyone can try out, irrespective of living conditions. Rather than letting organic waste decompose in landfills and emit methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to produce nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Before you dive in, take a moment to consider which composting method aligns best with your living situation. For renters, space and convenience are often top priorities. Fortunately, there are several options to choose from:

  • Outdoor compost bin: If you have access to an outdoor area, you might want to get a compost bin or tumbler. You can select one that meets your demands and style choices because they are available in a variety of sizes and styles.
  • Indoor composting: Lacking a backyard? Not a problem! Worm bins or countertop composters are examples of indoor composting systems ideal for apartment dwellers or individuals with limited outdoor space. They are small, smell-free, and simple to keep up.

Find the Perfect Spot

Select a spot that receives partial sunlight and has enough drainage for outdoor bins. Keep it away from critical areas like water supplies and against your house.

If you decide on indoor composting, find a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area. To ensure your composting system stays healthy and odor-free, take accessibility and ventilation into account.

Gather Your Materials

You’ll need a mix of “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials like fruit and vegetable scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like dry leaves or newspaper). Aim for roughly 1 part greens to 1 part browns to maintain a balanced compost pile.

What Can and Cannot Be Composted

Compostable Materials: Yes, Please!

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Eggshells
  • Yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, etc.)
  • Shredded paper or cardboard (in moderation)

These materials will break down over time, adding important nutrients to your compost pile and assisting in producing nutrient-rich soil for your plants.

Non-Compostable Materials: Keep Out!

  • Meat and dairy products
  • Greasy or oily foods
  • Pet waste
  • Diseased plants or weeds
  • Plastic or metal

These items can attract pests, give off bad smells, or contaminate your compost pile with dangerous diseases. It’s recommended to throw away them through another method, such as recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: Routinely turning your compost pile helps aerate it and speed up decomposition. Try to use a pitchfork or shovel to turn your pile every week or two.

Monitor Moisture: Your compost pile should feel like a damp sponge – not too dry or wet. If it’s too dry, add water; if it’s too wet, add more browns to absorb additional liquid.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Lacking sufficient outside space? No problem! Indoor composting methods are great for renters who want to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is a compact and odor-free method to compost indoors. Add your food scraps to the bin and let the worms finish it off. Additionally, worm castings make good fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: For people who are space-constrained, countertop composters are a practical choice. These compact bins fit effortlessly on your kitchen counter and use aerobic composting to break down food scraps swiftly and efficiently.

With these indoor composting methods, renters may simply incorporate composting into their daily routines and positively impact the environment – right from the comfort of their homes.

Benefits for Rental Properties

Did you know that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Encouraging composting at your rental property can establish a more environmentally friendly and attractive living environment for your tenants. Following are a couple of ways composting can improve your rental property:

  • Improved Soil Quality: In properties with yards, compost adds essential nutrients to the soil, cultivating healthier plant growth and enhancing landscaping aesthetics.
  • Reduced Waste Management Costs: By keeping organic waste out of landfills, composting can help reduce waste management costs for rental properties.
  • Enhanced Community Engagement: In multi-unit housing complexes, composting initiatives can foster a sense of community among tenants and show the property’s devotion to sustainability.

You’ve successfully mastered the art of composting! By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you have made significant progress in reducing waste, improving the environment, and cultivating healthier soil for your plants.


Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s an ideal method. So, why do you hesitate? Now, get your compost bucket and begin converting kitchen scraps into garden gold today!

Are you prepared to advance in your quest for a sustainable lifestyle? Get in touch with Real Property Management Prosperity for all your rental demands. We provide a wide range of rental properties in the Newtown area and surrounding areas. Contact us immediately through our online platform or browse our available rental listings to locate your dream home and start composting in your very own space!

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