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

A woman putting organic waste into a compost bin. Everyone can adopt composting as a practical and accessible habit, regardless of how they choose to live. In contrast to letting organic waste decompose in landfills and emit methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to produce nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Pause and think about which composting method works best for your living situation before getting started. Space and convenience are usually important factors for tenants. Thank goodness, there are several options available:

  • Outdoor compost bin: Purchasing a compost bin or tumbler could be worthwhile if you have access to the outside area. These come in a variety of sizes and styles to match your needs and design preferences.
  • Indoor composting: Don’t have a backyard? Worm bins or countertop composters are examples of indoor composting systems that are appropriate for those who live in apartments or have limited outdoor space. They emit no smell, are easy to maintain, and are modest in size.

Find the Perfect Spot

For outdoor bins, opt for a spot that receives partial sunlight and has adequate drainage. It is best not to place it right up against your house or near sensitive places like water supplies.

If you decide to do indoor composting, search for a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area. Give priority to accessibility and ventilation to ensure your composting system stays healthy and odor-free.

Gather Your Materials

You’ll need a mixture of “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials such as fruit and vegetable scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like dried leaves or newspaper). Strive for around 1 part greens to 1 part browns to keep 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 important nutrients to your compost pile and enabling you to cultivate 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, give off unpleasant smells, or infect your compost pile with dangerous organisms. It is a good idea to think about other disposal options, like recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: Consistently turning your compost pile aids in ventilating and speeding up decomposition. Aim 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 wet. If it’s too dry, add water; if it’s too wet, incorporate more browns to absorb any excess water.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Restricted outdoor space? No problem! Indoor composting methods are perfect for renters who want to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting, also known as composting with worms, offers a convenient and smell-free method to compost indoors. Add your food scraps to the bin and let the worms deal with the rest. Moreover, worm castings are a great fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: Countertop composters provide a great solution for individuals with limited space. These compact bins are crafted to sit perfectly on your kitchen counter and use aerobic composting to break down food scraps swiftly and efficiently.

By utilizing these indoor composting methods, renters can simply incorporate composting into their daily routines and positively impact the environment from the comfort of their homes.

Benefits for Rental Properties

Do you believe that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Allowing composting at your rental property can help create a more eco-friendly and appealing living environment for your tenants. Composting can improve your rental property in a number of ways:

  • Improved Soil Quality: In properties with yards, compost adds essential nutrients to the soil, helping healthier plant growth and improving landscaping aesthetics.
  • Reduced Waste Management Costs: Composting can help reduce waste management costs for rental properties by keeping organic waste out of landfills.
  • Enhanced Community Engagement: Composting projects in multi-unit housing complexes can help cultivate a sense of community among tenants and showcase the property’s responsibility to the environment.

Cheers, you’re now a composting expert! You’ve made significant progress in reducing waste, protecting the environment, and enhancing the soil quality of your plants by implementing the straightforward advice in this article.

Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s an appropriate method. What, then, is stopping you? Prepare your compost bin and start turning kitchen scraps into garden gold today!


Are you ready to take the next step in your pursuit of a sustainable lifestyle? Engage in communication with Real Property Management Greenway regarding your rental needs. We have a wide range of rental properties in the Dunwoody area and beyond. Contact us now through our online platform or browse our available rental listings to find the ideal house and begin composting in your very own space!

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