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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 straightforward and impactful habit that can be adopted by anyone, regardless of the way they live. There is an alternative to letting organic waste decompose in landfills, which produces methane. Instead, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to create nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

You need to think about which composting method is most suitable for your living situation before you get started. The most important considerations for renters are space and convenience. It is fortunate that there are a number of choices available to select from:

  • Outdoor compost bin: If you have access to an outdoor area, you should consider purchasing a compost bin or tumbler. These are available in a wide range of sizes and types, allowing you to pick one that caters to your requirements and aesthetic preferences.
  • Indoor composting: But you don’t have a backyard? Oh, no issue! Worm bins or countertop composters are two examples of indoor composting systems that are ideal for those who live in apartments or those with limited outdoor space. They are easy to maintain, do not produce any odor, and are small.

Find the Perfect Spot

Decide on a spot that receives partial sunlight and has enough drainage for outdoor bins. Please refrain from positioning it directly against your house or in close proximity to vulnerable places such as water sources.

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

Gather Your Materials

You’re going to require a combination of “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials like fruit and vegetable scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like dry leaves or newspaper). Strive for around 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, contributing 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, create irritating odors, or introduce harmful bacteria to your compost pile. It is recommended that you get rid of them using alternative methods, such as recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: By turning your compost pile on a regular basis, you may assist in aerating it and speeding up decomposition. Using a pitchfork or shovel, you should make it a goal 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 dehydrated, add water; if it’s too moist, add more brown to soak up the excess moisture.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Are you lacking in outside space? No problem! Indoor composting methods are ideal for renters looking to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is a more convenient method of composting that does not produce any odors. Add your food scraps to the bin, and the worms will take care of the rest. In addition, worm castings are a good source of fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: Countertop composters are a viable solution for individuals with restricted space. By utilizing aerobic composting, these compact containers may be placed neatly on your kitchen counter. They are able to break down food scraps in a quick and effective manner.

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

Benefits for Rental Properties

Composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself if you were unaware of this fact. The promotion of composting at your rental property can result in the creation of a living environment that is more environmentally friendly and pleasant for your tenants. Here are a few ways 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 enhancing 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: In multi-unit housing complexes, composting projects can cultivate a sense of community among tenants and establish the property’s obligation to sustainability.

Congrats, you’ve reached the level of expertise in composting! By following the straightforward measures outlined in this manual, you’ve taken a big step towards reducing waste, supporting the environment, and generating healthier soil for your plants.


Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s a suitable approach. Now, what exactly are you holding out for? To begin transforming your kitchen scraps into garden gold, grab your compost bucket and get started right now.

In your pursuit of a more sustainable way of life, are you prepared to go on to the next step? Contact Real Property Management Meridian for any and all of your rental requirements. We provide a broad range of rental properties in Keller and the surrounding areas. Contact us today through our online platform or browse our available rental listings to uncover your ideal house and start composting in your very own space!

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