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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 uncomplicated and impactful habit that anyone can adopt, no matter where they live. Rather than letting organic waste decompose in landfills and release methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to create nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

You should think about which composting method will work best for your home before you get started. Renters often focus on space and convenience. The good thing is that there are a lot of other options to pick from:

  • Outdoor compost bin: If you have space outdoors, you might want to buy a compost bin or tumbler. These come in different sizes and styles, so you may pick one that fits your needs and your sense of style.
  • Indoor composting: Don’t have a backyard? No problem! Indoor composting systems, such as worm bins or countertop composters, are good for apartment residents and those with limited outdoor space. They’re small, don’t smell, and are easy to take care of.

Find the Perfect Spot

Pick a spot that receives partial sunlight and proper drainage for outdoor containers. It is advisable not to place it directly against your house or near delicate spots, such as water sources.

If you decide on indoor composting, seek a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area. Consider accessibility and airflow to ensure your composting system stays healthy and free of smell.

Gather Your Materials

You’ll need a combination of “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials including fruit and vegetable scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like dry leaves or newspaper). To maintain a balanced compost pile, aim for approximately 1 part greens to 1 part browns.

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 important nutrients to your compost pile and helping in the creation of 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 odors, and spread diseases into your compost pile. It’s better to eliminate them through other means, such as recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: Frequently turning your compost pile helps aeration and speeds up decomposition. Strive to turn your pile at least twice a week using a pitchfork or shovel.

Monitor Moisture: Your compost pile should feel like a damp sponge – not overly dehydrated or soaking wet. If it’s too dry, add water; if it’s too wet, include more browns to soak up the additional moisture.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Limited outdoor space? Not an issue! Indoor composting methods are advisable for renters who want to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is a compact and odor-free strategy for composting indoors. Add your food scraps to the bin and allow the worms to do their job. Worm castings also make a great fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: Countertop composters provide a valuable option for people who don’t have a lot of space. These compact containers fit perfectly on your kitchen counter and use aerobic composting to break down food residue rapidly and effectively.

With these indoor composting methods, renters may simply incorporate composting into their daily schedules and positively impact the environment – right from the safety of their homes.

Benefits for Rental Properties

Did you realize that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Composting at your rental property can help your tenants reside in more eco-friendly and appealing surroundings. Here are some ways that composting can improve your rental property:

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

Congrats, you’re now a composting master! By using the simple tips in this piece, you can help reduce waste, enrich the environment, and make healthier soil for your plants.


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

Are you prepared to take the next phase in your journey toward more environmentally friendly conditions? Contact Real Property Management Regions for all your rental needs. We present an extensive assortment of rental properties in the Caroline County area as well as surrounding areas. Contact us now using our online platform or browse our available rental listings to determine your dream home and begin composting in your very own place!

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