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

A woman putting organic waste into a compost bin. No matter where you live, everyone may begin the easy and beneficial habit of composting. Rather than letting organic waste decompose in landfills and release methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to create nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Assess your living situation to determine which composting method is suitable for you before you begin. Most of the time, tenants’ main concerns are space and convenience. Fortunately, you can select from a few different choices:

  • Outdoor compost bin: If you have access to the outside space, you might think about purchasing a compost bin or tumbler. From the various sizes and styles offered, you can choose the one that best meets your needs and aesthetic preferences.
  • Indoor composting: Don’t have a backyard? No worries! Indoor composting systems, such as worm bins or countertop composters, are great for people who live in apartments or individuals with limited outdoor space. They’re small, odorless, and simple to maintain.

Find the Perfect Spot

Choose a spot that receives partial sunlight and has proper drainage for the outside bins. Keep it far from any possible water sources, your house, and other delicate areas.

If you opt for indoor composting, seek a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area. To ensure your composting system stays healthy and smell-free, consider how well it can be accessed and ventilated.

Gather Your Materials

The “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials like fruit and vegetable scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like dry leaves or newspaper) should be combined. Aim for roughly 1 part greens to 1 part browns to retain 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, supplying useful nutrients to the compost pile and assisting in creating 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, release disagreeable smells, or contaminate your compost pile with harmful pathogens. It is best to eliminate them by other means, such as recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: Consistently turning your compost pile promotes aeration and speeds up decomposition. Attempt to turn your pile every week or two using a pitchfork or shovel.

Monitor Moisture: Your compost pile should feel like a damp sponge – not too dry or moist. Pour additional water if it’s too dry, and add more browns to absorb any excess moisture if it’s too wet.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Limited availability of outdoor space? Not a problem! Renters who wish to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience might consider indoor composting methods.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is a simple and odor-free process to compost indoors. Add your food scraps to the bin, and the worms will take care of the rest. Besides, worm castings produce good fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: For people who are space-constrained, countertop composters are a practical choice. Food scraps are rapidly and effectively broken down by aerobic composting in these compact bins, which stack neatly on your kitchen counter.

With these indoor composting methods, renters can simply incorporate composting into their regular lives and positively impact the environment from the comfort of their homes.

Benefits for Rental Properties

Are you aware that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? You can create a more sustainable and attractive living environment for your tenants by encouraging composting at your rental property. Some ways composting can improve your rental property are as follows:

  • Improved Soil Quality: In properties with yards, composting 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 diverting organic waste from landfills.
  • Enhanced Community Engagement: Composting campaigns in apartment buildings foster a sense of community among tenants and highlight that the property cares about the environment.

You’ve successfully mastered the art of composting! All you need to do is follow this article’s instructions to protect the environment, create better soil for plants, and reduce waste.

Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s a perfect way. So why do you hesitate? If you purchase a compost bin and begin turning your kitchen scraps right away, they can turn into garden gold!


Are you ready to take the next step on your journey to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle? For all of your renting needs, get in touch with Real Property Management Instant Equity. We provide a large selection of rental homes in the Buda area and beyond. If you’re searching for a place to rent where you can begin composting, contact us via our online platform or browse our available rental listings today.

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