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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, no matter where they reside, may benefit from composting because it is an easy and effective practice. Rather than letting organic waste decompose in landfills and discharge methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to generate nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Think about your living conditions and which composting method will work best for you before you start. For renters, space and convenience are often the first concerns. Thankfully, there are a bunch of choices available:

  • Outdoor compost bin: If you have access to the outside area, you might want to get a compost bin or tumbler. There is a wide range of sizes and designs available, allowing you to choose the perfect one to suit your demands and personal tastes.
  • Indoor composting: Don’t have a backyard? It’s no trouble! Indoor composting systems, such as worm bins or countertop composters, are suitable for people who reside in apartments or those with limited outdoor space. They don’t have any smell, are small, and require little care.

Find the Perfect Spot

For outdoor bins, decide on a spot that receives partial sunlight and has sufficient drainage. You shouldn’t put it against your house or anywhere else that could be vulnerable, such as near water.

Finding a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area is ideal for indoor composting. Consider mobility and airflow to ensure your composting system stays healthy and odor-free.

Gather Your Materials

A mix of “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials like fruit and vegetable scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like dry leaves or newspaper) is essential. Pursue 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, producing vital nutrients for 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, produce bad smells, and bring harmful diseases into your compost pile. It’s safest to dispose of them through another approach, like recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn:  Turning your compost pile on a regular basis can aerate it and speed up decomposition. Once a week or two, use a pitchfork or shovel to turn your pile.

Monitor Moisture: Your compost pile should feel like a damp sponge – not too dry or wet. To adjust the consistency, add water if it’s too dry and add additional browns if it’s too wet.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Lacking adequate outdoor area? That’s okay! Indoor composting methods are suitable for renters who want to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is an easy and smell-free method to compost indoors. Add your food scraps to the bin and let the worms do the thing. Moreover, worm castings are a great way to make fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: For those with limited space, countertop composters are a useful and space-saving choice. These small bins fit neatly 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 daily routines and positively impact the environment – right from the comfort of their homes.

Benefits for Rental Properties

Did you know that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Promoting composting at your rental property can create a more eco-friendly and desirable living environment for your tenants. Here are a few ways composting can improve your rental property:

  • Improved Soil Quality: For properties that have yards, compost adds essential nutrients to the soil, encouraging healthier plant growth and improving landscaping aesthetics.
  • Reduced Waste Management Costs: Composting can help reduce waste management costs for rental properties by rerouting organic waste from landfills.
  • Enhanced Community Engagement: In multi-unit housing complexes, composting projects can cultivate a sense of community among tenants and exhibit the property’s commitment to ecological responsibility.

Wow, you’ve really mastered composting! Achieving reduced waste, more environment nourishment, and better soil for your plants is within reach when you follow the easy methods given in this tutorial.


Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s a suitable method. Therefore, why hesitate any longer? Get a compost container and begin recycling kitchen scraps right now for a bountiful garden!

Are you prepared to move forward with your plan to live more sustainably? Get in touch with Real Property Management Hampton Roads if you need any kind of rental service. We provide a diverse selection of rental properties in the Suffolk area and beyond. Find a perfect place to call home and begin composting right now. Contact us today through our online platform or browse our available rental listings.

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