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Composting Basics for Renters

Euless Renter Peeling a Cucumber Near a Compost PailAs a renter, you might not have contemplated composting your kitchen scraps. At the end of the day, composting isn’t an option unless you have a big garden. Right?

The truth is that even if you only have a tiny space, there are still essential reasons to compost your kitchen scraps. What’s more, it’s convenient for renters to compost, even if you don’t have a big yard or garden! Compost is great for all kinds of uses and can help you live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

This guide describes the basics of composting, such as what it is, why people do it, and the process you’ll need to take to get started.

What is composting?

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

When you compost, you’re copying nature’s process of breaking down organic matter. By accomplishing this, you can produce something good for the environment and very effective for numerous green, growing things!

Why compost?

There are many reasons to compost, but one of the most important is that it helps reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food waste and yard trimmings make up more than 20 percent of what is sent to landfills each year, and these materials can take years to break down.

Another big reason to compost 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 kind 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, review this helpful guide from the EPA.)

How do I start composting?

Most Euless renters need to learn they can compost their food waste at home. By composting, you can cut down on the amount of garbage you throw away and help the environment. The following are a couple of instructions to get started:

  • If you need to, speak with your landlord or Euless property manager about seeking permission to compost on the premises.
  • If you reside in an apartment or condo, there may already be a community compost bin that you can utilize. Check with your building management to find out.
  • If you don’t have a larger yard or patio, think about acquiring a small compost bin to keep your food waste in until you’re ready to dispose of it properly. You can acquire these bins at many hardware stores or online.
  • Start putting your food waste in a container. You can utilize a kitchen garbage can, a plastic storage bin, or even a grocery bag.
  • When your container is full, bring it to your compost bin and add it to the pile. Remember to mix it in properly 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 an excellent idea 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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