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Composting Basics for Renters

Edison Renter Peeling a Cucumber Near a Compost PailAs a renter, you might have yet to imagine composting your kitchen scraps. Aside from that, composting isn’t an option unless you have a big garden. Right?

The truth is that even if you don’t have much space, there are still important reasons to compost your kitchen scraps. What’s more, it’s easy for renters to compost, even without a large yard or garden! Compost is great for all kinds of uses and can help you live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

This guide examines the basics of composting, like what it is, why people do it, and the measures you’ll need to conduct to get started.

What is composting?

In its simplest form, composting is the process of breaking down organic materials into a rich soil amendment. This “amendment” can then be used to increase the quality of your garden soil, help your plants grow, and even serve as a natural fertilizer.

When you compost, you’re primarily duplicating nature’s process of breaking down organic matter. In this way, you’re making a product that is good for the environment and highly beneficial for many green, growing things!

Why compost?

One of the most significant benefits of compost is that it helps decrease the volume of waste disposed to landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food waste and yard trimmings make up more than 20 percent of what is delivered to landfills every year, and these components can take years to break down.

Another significant advantage of composting is that it helps improve the quality of your garden soil. Compost enriches the soil with nutrients that plants need to grow, and it helps improve the soil’s structure, making it better able to retain water and resist pests and diseases.

What can be composted?

Almost any form of organic matter can be composted, including food scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells, yard trimmings, and even paper towels and cardboard. You can even compost pet hair and used kitty litter. (For a complete list of what can and cannot be composted, consult this helpful guide from the EPA.)

How do I start composting?

Most Edison renters are uninformed that they can compost their food waste at home. By composting, you may minimize your garbage flow and help the environment. Here are some starting points:

  • If possible, consult your landlord or Edison property manager about taking permission to compost on the property.
  • If you reside in an apartment or condo, you may already have access to a community compost bin that you can use. Check with your building management to find out.
  • If you have a tiny yard or patio, look into purchasing a small compost bin to keep your food waste in until you’re ready to dispose of it properly. You can locate these bins at most hardware stores or online.
  • Begin gathering your food waste in a container. You can use a kitchen garbage can, a plastic storage bin, or even a grocery bag.
  • When your container is full, transfer it to your compost bin and add it to the pile. Be sure to mix it in well so that it breaks down
  • Once your food waste has broken down, you can utilize it as fertilizer for your plants or donate it to a local community garden.

Composting is a fantastic way to reduce your environmental impact, save stress on your garbage disposal, and save money on fertilizer and potting soil. By following these tips, you can begin composting today!


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