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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 can start composting, regardless of their lifestyle, as it is an easy and beneficial habit. As opposed to letting organic waste decompose in landfills and create methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to produce nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Before you get started, determine which composting method most closely matches your living circumstances. Renters frequently place a high value on space and convenience. Thankfully, there are numerous choices available:

  • Outdoor compost bin: Investing in a compost bin or tumbler is a useful endeavor if you have access to a space outside. You may select one that suits your requirements and aesthetic tastes because they are available in various sizes and styles.
  • Indoor composting: Don’t have a backyard? No problem! Indoor composting systems, such as worm bins or countertop composters, are perfect for apartment dwellers or those with limited outdoor space. They’re compact, odor-free, and easy to maintain.

Find the Perfect Spot

For outdoor bins, choose a spot that receives partial sunlight and has adequate drainage. Do not place it next to vulnerable locations, such as water sources, or directly against your home.

If you select indoor composting, locate a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area. Take into account 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 required. A balanced compost pile should have about 1 part green and 1 part brown.

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 and enrich your compost pile with essential nutrients so your plants will grow in nutrient-rich soil.

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 unpleasant odors, or introduce hazardous bacteria into your compost pile. It’s better to discard them in another manner, such as recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: To promote aeration and speed up decomposition, turning your compost pile on a regular basis is advisable. Try using a pitchfork or shovel to turn your pile once or twice a week.

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 excess moisture.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

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

  • Worm Bins: Worm bins are a convenient and odor-free method of indoor composting, often known as vermicomposting or composting with worms. Add your food scraps to the bin and let the worms do the job. Work castings are also a great way to make fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: If you’re short on a room, a countertop composter is a great solution. Use aerobic composting; these compact bins efficiently and neatly tuck food scraps under your kitchen counter. 

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

Benefits for Rental Properties

Did you know that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Tenants will enjoy living in a more environmentally friendly and appealing setting if you encourage composting at your rental property. Here are some approaches composting can improve your rental property:

  • Improved Soil Quality: In properties with yards, compost adds essential nutrients to the soil, encouraging healthier plant growth and improving landscaping aesthetics.
  • Reduced Waste Management Costs: Composting can help reduce waste management costs for rental properties by removing organic waste from landfills.
  • Enhanced Community Engagement: Composting programs in apartment buildings can show tenants that the property is committed to sustainability and help to create a sense of community among tenants.

You’ve become an expert composter; congratulations! You’ve made great progress toward reducing waste, improving the environment, and giving your plants healthier soil by adhering to the easy instructions provided in this guide.


Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there’s a great method. In light of this, why wait? Take out your compost container and start converting kitchen scraps into gold for your garden right now!

When it comes to moving forward with your quest for sustainable living, are you ready? Reach out to Real Property Management Providence for all your rental demands. We present an extensive variety of rental properties in the Cranston area and beyond. Contact us today through our online platform or browse our available rental listings to find your dream home and start composting in your very own space!

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