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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 easy and efficient habit that anyone can adopt, no matter where they live. Instead of letting organic waste decompose in landfills and release methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to make nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Prior to commencing, take a break and think about which composting method corresponds most to your living situation. Renters usually prefer space and convenience. Luckily, you have a variety of choices to select from:

  • Outdoor compost bin: If you have outdoor space available, think about buying a compost bin or tumbler. Available in a range of sizes and designs to suit your needs and style preferences.
  • Indoor composting: If you don’t have a backyard, consider these alternatives. For apartment dwellers or those with limited outdoor space, indoor composting systems, such as worm bins or countertop composters, are ideal. It is compact, odorless, and simple to care for.

Find the Perfect Spot

Locate a spot that receives partial sunlight and has appropriate drainage for outdoor bins. Avoid positioning it directly next to your house or near sensitive spots like water sources.

When picking indoor composting, seek a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area. Remember the significance of accessibility and ventilation to ensure your composting system stays healthy and odor-free.

Gather Your Materials

A combination of “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials like fruit and vegetable scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like dry leaves or newspaper) is needed. Aim for approximately 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, enriching your compost pile with essential nutrients and contributing to the development 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, create foul odors, or introduce harmful pathogens into your compost pile. It’s best to dispose of them through other means, 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. Make an effort to move 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 the mixture is too dry, you can add water. On the other hand, if it’s too wet, simply add more browns to take in the excess moisture.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Do you have limited outdoor space? No problem! Indoor composting methods are great for renters who want to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting, which involves composting with worms, provides a space-saving and odorless method for indoor composting. Add your food scraps to the bin and let the worms do their task. Furthermore, worm castings are an excellent fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: Countertop composters provide a convenient solution for people with limited space. These tiny containers fit neatly on your kitchen counter and use aerobic composting to disintegrate food waste quickly and efficiently.

With these indoor composting methods, renters can straightforwardly incorporate composting into their everyday schedules and make a positive impact on the environment without leaving their homes.

Benefits for Rental Properties

Are you cognizant that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Allowing composting at your rental property can help establish a greener and more attractive living space for your tenants. Discover how composting can improve your rental property:

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

Well done, you’ve mastered the art of composting! By following the instructions provided in this guide, you have made major achievements in reducing waste, promoting the environment, and creating healthier soil for your plants.


Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s always an appropriate approach. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your compost bin and begin transforming kitchen scraps into garden gold today!

Are you set to move forward in your journey towards sustainable living? Communicate with Real Property Management Pocatello for all your rental needs. We deliver a diverse selection of rental properties in the Blackfoot area and beyond. Contact us today through our online platform or browse our available rental listings to seek your perfect house and start composting in your very own space!

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