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

A woman putting organic waste into a compost bin. Anybody, regardless of living situation, can undertake the easy and beneficial practice of composting. To make nutrient-rich soil for plants, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings instead of letting organic waste decompose in landfills and release methane.

Choose Your Composting Method

Prior to getting started, think about which composting method best suits your lifestyle. Space and convenience are frequently top concerns for renters. Providentially, there are a number of solutions available:

  • Outdoor compost bin: If you can access outdoor space, consider investing in a compost bin or tumbler. These come in various sizes and styles, so you can find one that fits your needs and aesthetic preferences.
  • Indoor composting: Lack of backyard space? Not a concern! For people who live in apartments or have limited outdoor space, indoor composting systems like worm bins or countertop composters are ideal. They don’t smell, are small, and require little upkeep.

Find the Perfect Spot

Select a spot that receives partial sunlight and has enough drainage for outdoor bins. Refrain from positioning it next to your house or close to delicate like water supplies.

Choose a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area if you decide on indoor composting. To ensure your composting system stays healthy and smell-free, take accessibility and ventilation into consideration.

Gather Your Materials

It’s necessary to combine “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials like fruit and vegetable scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like dry leaves or newspaper). Aim 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, adding helpful 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, release unpleasant smells, or have the potential to pollute your compost pile. It’s preferable to get rid of them in another way, such as recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: Habitually turning your compost pile helps aerate it and speed up decomposition. Your goal is 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, put water; if it’s too wet, put extra brown to take up the extra dampness.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Limited outside space? Not a problem! Indoor composting methods are suitable for renters who want to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Using worms for indoor composting is a convenient and odor-free method of vermicomposting. Add your food scraps to the bin and let the worms do the job. Worm castings also work great as a fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: For people with a small amount of room, countertop composters are a practical solution. Aerobic composting is a quick and effective way to break down food scraps, and these little bins fit nicely on your kitchen counter.

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 hear that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Encouraging composting at your rental property can make the living conditions for your tenants more appealing and environmentally beneficial. The following are some ways that composting can improve your rental property:

  • Improved Soil Quality: Compost adds essential nutrients to the soil, which encourages healthier plant growth and improves landscaping aesthetics in homes with yards.
  • Reduced Waste Management Costs: By keeping organic waste out of landfills, composting can help reduce waste management costs for rental properties.
  • Enhanced Community Engagement: In multi-unit housing complexes, composting programs can build a sense of community among tenants and show the property’s dedication to sustainability.

Cheers! You’re now a composting pro! By implementing the easy procedures stated in this guide, you’ve taken a big step towards reducing waste, promoting the environment, and developing healthier soil for your plants.


Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s an ideal approach. What are you waiting for, then? Get your compost container and begin converting kitchen scraps into garden gold today!

Are you prepared to advance to the next phase of your sustainable living journey? Contact Real Property Management Traditions for any of your rental requirements. We provide a wide range of rental properties in the Santa Clarita area and beyond. Contact us right now via our website or browse our available rental listings to discover your ideal home and begin composting in your very own space!

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