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

A woman putting organic waste into a compost bin. Without regard to the living situation, composting is a simple and impactful practice that can be embraced by all. As an alternative to letting organic waste decompose in landfills and create methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to generate nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Consider which composting method is most suitable for your current circumstances prior to getting started. A common concern among renters is space and convenience. Thankfully, a multitude of alternatives are available for selection:

  • Outdoor compost bin: Consider investing in a compost bin or tumbler if you have an outdoor area. One that meets your aesthetic preferences and functional requirements is available in an assortment of sizes and designs.
  • Indoor composting: Lack of an outdoor space? No problem! Indoor composting systems, such as worm bins or countertop composters, are great for apartment occupants or those with limited outdoor space. They’re maintaining friendly, free of smell, and compact.

Find the Perfect Spot

Pick a spot that receives partial sunlight and has decent drainage for outdoor containers. It should not be placed in close proximity to water sources or against your residence.

If you opt for indoor composting, look for 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’ll need a mix 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 and will contribute to the formation of nutrient-rich soil for your plants by incorporating vital nutrients into your compost pile.

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, generate terrible odors, or bring harmful pathogens into your compost pile. Recycling or regular trash collection are both viable alternatives for their proper disposal.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: Regularly turning your compost pile helps ventilate it and speed up decomposition. Strive to move your pile every week or two with a pitchfork or shovel.

Monitor Moisture: In a state between dry and moist, your compost pile should feel like a damp sponge. If it’s too dry, add water; if it’s too wet, add more browns to soak up the excess moisture.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Limited space outside? No problem! Indoor composting methods are excellent for renters who like to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: One method of composting indoors that is both compact and devoid of odor is vermicomposting, which is accomplished with worm bins. Add your food scraps to the bin and let the worms perform their job. In addition, worm castings are a great fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: A practical option for individuals who have restricted living areas is a countertop composter. 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 regular 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? Tenants may enjoy a more pleasurable and environmentally sustainable residence if you encourage composting at your rental property. Here are a couple of approaches composting can improve your rental property:

  • Improved Soil Quality: In houses with yards, compost adds essential nutrients to the soil, encouraging healthier plant growth and boosting landscaping aesthetics.
  • Reduced Waste Management Costs: The removal of organic waste from landfills through composting can help reduce waste management costs for rental properties.
  • Enhanced Community Engagement: In multi-unit housing complexes, composting initiatives can promote a sense of community among tenants and highlight the property’s adherence to sustainability.

Congrats! You have reached the level of expertise required to decompose! You have made significant progress toward reducing waste, conserving resources, and establishing plant-friendly soil by adhering to the simple procedures delineated in this guide.


Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s the right method. So, what are you waiting for? Commence converting kitchen scraps into valuable garden material immediately by obtaining a compost container!

Are you equipped to proceed with the next phase of your sustainable living transformation? Communicate with Real Property Management Clarity Team for all your rental demands. We present a diverse selection of rental properties in the Toledo and surrounding areas. Contact us today through our online platform or browse our available rental listings to find your dream home and start composting in your very own space!

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