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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 an easy and widely used method that everyone, no matter where they live, may incorporate into daily routines. Instead of letting organic waste decompose in landfills and produce methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to create nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Before you begin, pause to evaluate which composting method works best for your home right now. The two most important things to renters are space and convenience. Luckily, a variety of options are at your disposal:

  • Outdoor compost bin: A compost bin or tumbler can be a good investment if you have room outside. You may find these in a wide range of sizes and designs to compliment your décor and meet your specific needs.
  • Indoor composting: Don’t have access to the backyard? Don’t worry! Indoor composting systems, such as worm bins or countertop composters, are great for apartment residents or those with limited outdoor space. They’re small in size, odorless, and have low maintenance requirements.

Find the Perfect Spot

Find a spot that receives partial sunlight and has enough drainage for outdoor bins. Stay away from sensitive areas, such as water supplies or your house.

When deciding indoor composting, choose a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area. Ensure your composting system stays healthy and odor-free by prioritizing accessibility and ventilation.

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 about 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 vital elements to your compost pile and helping to create 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, produce bad smells, or bring harmful diseases into your compost pile. It is a good idea to discard them using alternative methods, such as recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: Frequently turning your compost pile helps aerate it and speed up decomposition. Strive to rotate your pile every week or two using a pitchfork or shovel.

Monitor Moisture: Your compost pile should feel like a damp sponge – neither too dry nor wet. To adjust dehydration, add water; to address dampness, add more browns to soak up extra moisture.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Limited outdoor space? No problem! Indoor composting methods are excellent for renters looking to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting is a compact and odorless manner of composting indoors that involves using worms. Add your food scraps to the bin and allow the worms to do their thing. On top of that, worm castings are excellent fertilizers for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: Individuals with restricted space will find that countertop composters are the way to go. These compact containers are designed to be positioned on your kitchen counter and utilize aerobic composting to break down food waste quickly and effectively.

With these indoor composting methods, renters can easily incorporate composting into their everyday agenda and positively impact the environment – right from the comfort of their homes.

Benefits for Rental Properties

Do you know that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Permitting composting at your rental property can enhance the eco-friendliness and charm of the living environment for your tenants. Composting can improve your rental property in numerous ways:

  • Improved Soil Quality: In properties with yards, compost adds essential nutrients to the soil, resulting in healthier plant growth and improved landscaping aesthetics.
  • Reduced Waste Management Costs: Composting can reduce waste management costs for rental properties by redirecting organic waste away from landfills.
  • Enhanced Community Engagement: Composting programs in multi-unit housing developments can cultivate a sense of community among tenants and highlight the property’s dedication to environmental responsibility.

Wow, you’ve really nailed composting! By complying with the straightforward steps in this tutorial, you have made significant progress in reducing waste, enriching the environment, and supporting healthier soil for your plants.

Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there is a perfect way. Then why are you hesitating? Start transforming kitchen scraps into garden gold today by using your compost bin!


Is it time for you to go forward on your path to a more sustainable lifestyle? Visit Real Property Management Freedom for all your rental needs. We have a large selection of rental properties in Hillsborough County and the surrounding areas. Contact us immediately via our online platform or browse our available rental listings to find the perfect place to call home and begin composting in your very own space!

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