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Composting Basics for Renters

Parkland Renter Peeling a Cucumber Near a Compost PailAs a renter, you might not have imagined composting your kitchen scraps. And anyway, composting isn’t possible unless you have a huge garden. Right?

The reality is that even if you lack a lot of space, there are still important reasons to compost your kitchen scraps. What’s more, it’s uncomplicated for renters to compost, even without 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 discusses the basics of composting, like what it is, why people do it, and the steps you’ll need to take to get started.

What is composting?

In a simplistic definition, composting is the process of breaking down organic materials into a rich soil amendment. This “amendment” can then be utilized to enhance the quality of your garden soil, help your plants grow, and even work as a natural fertilizer.

When you compost, you’re mainly replicating nature’s process of breaking down organic matter. Through this process, you’re making a product that is good for the environment and extremely beneficial for lots of green, growing things!

Why compost?

There are several benefits to compost, but one of the most essential is that it lowers the quantity of waste that is placed in landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food waste and yard trimmings make up more than 20 percent of what is thrown into landfills per year, and these objects 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 best prepared to retain water and resist pests and diseases.

What can be composted?

Almost any type 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, look at this helpful guide from the EPA.)

How do I start composting?

Multiple Parkland renters are ignorant that they can compost their food waste at home. By composting, you may lessen your garbage production and help the environment. Below are a few ideas to get you going:

  • If required, consult your landlord or Parkland property manager about getting permission to compost on the premises.
  • There may already be a community compost bin for use if you reside in an apartment or condo. Check with your building management to find out.
  • If you don’t have a big 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 purchase these bins at most hardware stores or online.
  • Begin dumping 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, bring it to your compost bin and add it to the pile. Ensure that you mix it in thoroughly so that it breaks down
  • After your food waste has broken down, you can use it as fertilizer for your plants or donate it to a local community garden.

Composting is an effective strategy 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 get started composting today!


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