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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 uncomplicated and effective practice that anyone can incorporate, irrespective of living situation. As an alternative to letting organic waste decompose in landfills and discharge methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to make nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Before starting, pause for a minute to evaluate which composting method aligns best with your living environment. For renters, space and convenience are typically the first concerns. Happily, there are a couple of options to look over:

  • Outdoor compost bin: If you can access outdoor space, you should consider purchasing a compost bin or tumbler. These are available in different sizes and designs, so you can choose one that matches your requirements and personal preferences.
  • Indoor composting: Don’t have a backyard? No worries! Indoor composting systems, such as worm bins or countertop composters, are great for apartment inhabitants or those with limited outdoor space. They’re neat, smell-free, and uncomplicated to take care of.

Find the Perfect Spot

For outdoor bins, go for a spot that receives partial sunlight and offers proper drainage. Try not to place it directly against your home or close to fragile areas like water sources.

If you pick indoor composting, seek a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area. Weigh up accessibility and ventilation to ensure your composting system stays healthy and odor-free.

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 around 1 part greens to 1 part browns to uphold 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 nutrients to your compost pile and assisting in the creation of 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, generate bad odor, or bring harmful pathogens into your compost pile. It’s recommended to discard them through other methods, 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 turn your heap every week or two using a pitchfork or shovel.

Monitor Moisture: Your compost pile should feel like a damp sponge – not excessively dehydrated or moist. If it’s too dry, add water; assuming it’s too wet, add extra browns to absorb the excess water.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Restricted on outside space? No worries! Indoor composting methods are perfectly suited for renters looking to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is a convenient and odorless approach to composting indoors. Add your food scraps to the bin and let the worms do their job. Furthermore, worm castings are the perfect fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: Countertop composters are a helpful alternative for those with restricted space. These small bins fit perfectly on your kitchen counter and use aerobic composting to break down food scraps quickly and efficiently.

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

Benefits for Rental Properties

Do you have any clue that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Encouraging composting at your rental property can make a more ecological and desirable living environment for your tenants. Below are a couple of approaches composting can improve your rental property:

  • Improved Soil Quality: In properties with yards, compost adds essential nutrients to the soil, supporting healthier plant growth and boosting landscaping aesthetics.
  • Reduced Waste Management Costs: Composting can help reduce waste management costs for rental properties by redirecting natural waste from landfills.
  • Enhanced Community Engagement: In multi-unit housing complexes, composting ideas can cultivate a sense of community among tenants and showcase the property’s responsibility for sustainability.

Congratulations, you’re now a composting pro! By following the easy methods outlined in this guide, you’ve taken a significant step towards reducing waste, nourishing the environment, and making healthier soil for your plants.

Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s an ideal way. So, avoid wasting your time. Get your compost bin and begin transforming kitchen scraps into garden gold today!


Are you prepared to progress further in your pursuit of sustainable living? Communicate with Real Property Management Renowned for all your rental needs. We give a varied range of rental properties in the Aberdeen area and surrounding regions. Contact us today through our online platform or browse our available rental listings to locate a perfect home and begin composting in your very own place!

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