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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 effortless and efficient practice that everyone can adopt, no matter the place they live. Instead of letting organic waste decompose in landfills and generate methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to create nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Before you commence, think about which composting method suits your living situation the most. For renters, having enough space and convenience are usually key considerations. The good news is that you have a variety of options to select from:

  • Outdoor compost bin: If you can access outdoor space, think about acquiring a compost bin or tumbler. There are a wide range of sizes and styles available to suit your requirements and personal taste.
  • Indoor composting: Not privileged enough to have a backyard? That’s all right! Indoor composting systems, such as worm bins or countertop composters, are suitable for individuals living in apartments or those with limited outdoor space. They’re small, scentless, and simple to take care of.

Find the Perfect Spot

Choose a spot that receives partial sunlight and has proper drainage for outdoor bins. Make sure to avoid positioning it directly against your residence or close to delicate parts like water sources.

When choosing indoor composting, find a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area. Remember to prioritize accessibility and ventilation to ensure your composting system stays healthy and odor-free.

Gather Your Materials

For a successful composition, a balance of “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials like fruit and vegetable scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like dry leaves or newspaper) is essential. Strive for approximately 1 part green to 1 part brown 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, providing important nutrients 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, develop unpleasant smells, or contaminate your compost pile. It’s a good idea to consider alternative methods of disposal, such as recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: Consistently turning your compost pile will improve aeration and speed up decomposition. It is recommended to rotate 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 wet. For a balanced compost pile, adjust the moisture level accordingly: add water if it’s too dry, or increase browns if it’s too wet to absorb the extra moisture.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Do you have limited outdoor space? No problem! Indoor composting methods are best for renters looking to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, offers a convenient and odorless means for indoor composting. Add your food scraps to the bin and allow worms to deal with the rest. Worm castings are also an amazing fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: Countertop composters are an ideal solution for individuals facing space constraints. These compact containers are designed to sit conveniently on your kitchen counter and use aerobic composting to decompose food waste efficiently.

With these indoor composting methods, renters can undoubtedly incorporate composting into their daily habits and positively impact the environment – right from the ease of their homes.

Benefits for Rental Properties

Are you aware that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Allowing composting at your rental property can help establish a greener and more attractive living space for your tenants. Here are several 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 improving landscaping aesthetics.
  • Reduced Waste Management Costs: Composting can help reduce waste management costs for rental properties by redirecting organic waste away from landfills.
  • Enhanced Community Engagement: Composting projects in multi-unit housing complexes can help build a sense of community among tenants and highlight the property’s dedication to sustainability.

Congratulations on becoming a composting expert! By adhering to the straightforward steps detailed in this guide, you have made major strides in reducing waste, promoting the environment, and improving soil quality for your plants.


Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s a perfect method. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your compost bin and start turning kitchen scraps into garden gold today!

Are you prepared to move forward in your quest for sustainable living? Communicate with Real Property Management Beacon for all your rental needs. Our extensive range of rental properties in the Norwich area and surrounding areas cater to a variety of preferences. Contact us today through our online platform or browse our available rental listings to discover your ideal home and start composting in your very own space!

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