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Composting Basics for Renters

Lake Nona Renter Peeling a Cucumber Near a Compost PailAs a renter, you probably haven’t given much thought to composting your kitchen scraps. And besides, composting isn’t an option unless you have a large garden. Right?

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

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

What is composting?

In the most basic terms, 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 act as a natural fertilizer.

When you compost, you’re emulating nature’s process of breaking down organic matter. In these circumstances, you’re making something that is good for the environment and can be used in a wide variety of green, growing things!

Why compost?

Compost has numerous benefits, but one of the most imperative is that it helps lower 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 tossed to landfills yearly, and these elements can take years to break down.

Another huge benefit 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, take a look at this helpful guide from the EPA.)

How do I start composting?

Multiple Lake Nona renters don’t recognize that they can compost their food waste at home. By composting, you can lessen your garbage output and help the environment. To help you get going, here are some pointers:

  • If you need to get permission to compost on the premises, contact your landlord or Lake Nona property manager.
  • A community compost bin may be available if you live in an apartment or condo. Check with your building management to find out.
  • If your yard or patio is not that big, consider 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, take it to your compost bin and add it to the pile. Don’t forget to mix it in well so that it breaks down as intended.
  • After 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 wonderful method 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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