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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 a simple and impactful practice that anyone can adopt, regardless of living situation. Instead of letting organic waste decompose in landfills and generate methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to create nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Prior to starting, think about which composting method aligns best with your place of residence. Renters often put space and convenience at the top of their priorities. Thankfully, there are numerous options available:

  • Outdoor compost bin: If you have spacious outdoor space, you might want to purchase a compost bin or tumbler. You can find one that fits your wants and aesthetically pleasing tastes because they come in different sizes and styles.
  • Indoor composting: No backyard? No worries! Indoor composting systems, such as worm bins or countertop composters, are ideal for apartment dwellers or those with limited outdoor space. Small, odorless, and easy to clean, they’re perfect.

Find the Perfect Spot

Select a spot that receives partial sunlight and has proper drainage for outdoor bins. Place it away from your home and away from sensitive places like water sources.

If you want indoor composting, seek a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area. Factor in accessibility and ventilation to ensure your composting system stays healthy and odor-free.

Gather Your Materials

Assorted “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials like fruit and vegetable scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like dry leaves or newspaper) are what you’ll need. Aim for roughly 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, providing essential nutrients to your compost pile and aiding in creating 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, or deliver harmful bacteria into your compost pile. For better environmental impact, it is suggested to get rid of them in some other way, such as recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: Frequently turning your compost pile helps aerate it and speed up decomposition. Try 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, add more browns to soak up the additional water.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Lacking outdoor space? No worries! Indoor composting methods are ideal for renters who want to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is a compact and odor-free way to compost indoors. Add your food scraps to the bin and let the worms do the rest. Plus, worm castings make excellent fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: If you don’t have a lot of room, a countertop composter is a fine choice. These compact containers fit neatly on your kitchen counter and utilize aerobic composting to break down food scraps rapidly and efficiently.

With these indoor composting methods, renters can effortlessly incorporate composting into their everyday activities and positively impact the environment – right from the comfort of their homes.

Benefits for Rental Properties

Are you conscious that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Supporting composting at your rental property can make a more ecological and attractive living environment for your tenants. Using composting can improve your rental property better in the following ways.

  • Improved Soil Quality: In houses with yards, compost adds essential nutrients to the soil, helping healthier plant growth and boosting landscaping aesthetics.
  • 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 apartment buildings, composting programs can promote a sense of community among tenants and express the property’s dedication to sustainability.

Nice one, you’re now a composting pro! By implementing these simple instructions outlined in this post, you’ve taken a big step towards reducing waste, sustaining the environment, and making healthier soil for your plants.


Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s an ideal way. Why are you still waiting? Get your compost bin ready, and begin transforming kitchen scraps into garden gold today!

Are you ready to get serious about living in a way that doesn’t harm the environment? Approach Real Property Management Northern Utah for all your rental needs. We give various selections of rental properties in the Layton area and nearby. You can contact us today through our online platform or browse our available rental listings to find your perfect house and start composting in your very own space!

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