Skip to Content

How Renters Can Go Green: A Beginner’s Guide to Composting

A woman putting organic waste into a compost bin. Composting is an accessible and impactful habit that may be adopted by anyone, regardless of their living circumstances. Instead of letting organic waste decompose in landfills and generate methane, we can compost food scraps and yard trimmings to create nutrient-rich soil for plants.

Choose Your Composting Method

Prior to starting, pause to contemplate which composting method best suits your current living conditions. Renters usually prioritize space and convenience. Luckily, there are multiple choices available:

  • Outdoor compost bin: If you have outdoor space available, consider purchasing a compost bin or tumbler. These are available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your requirements and personal style.
  • Indoor composting: Lacking a backyard? No problem! Indoor composting systems, such as worm bins or countertop composters, are ideal for apartment dwellers or individuals with limited outdoor space. They’re small in size, do not produce any smell, and require minimal upkeep.

Find the Perfect Spot

Choose a spot that receives partial sunlight and has proper drainage for outdoor bins. Avoid placing it in close proximity to your home or delicate places like water sources.

When choosing indoor composting, find a convenient spot in your kitchen or utility area. Ensure your composting system stays healthy and odor-free by considering accessibility and ventilation.

Gather Your Materials

You’ll need a mix of “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials like fruit and vegetable scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like dry leaves or newspaper). Aim for roughly 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, contributing essential nutrients to your compost pile and aiding in the formation 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, generate unpleasant scents, or bring hazardous pathogens into your compost pile. It’s preferable to discard them using alternative methods, such as recycling or regular trash collection.

Maintaining Your Compost

Turn, Turn, Turn: Regularly turning your compost pile helps aerate it and speed up decomposition. Try to rotate your pile every week or two using a pitchfork or shovel.

Monitor Moisture: Your compost pile should feel like a damp sponge – neither too dry nor wet. To adjust dryness, add water; to address wetness, add more browns to absorb extra moisture.

Indoor Composting Methods for Renters

Lacking outside space? No problem! Indoor composting methods are useful for renters looking to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience.

  • Worm Bins: Vermicomposting is a small and odorless method of composting indoors that involves using worms. Add your food scraps to the bin and allow the worms to complete the process. Additionally, worm castings are superb fertilizer for houseplants!
  • Countertop Composters: Countertop composters are an ideal solution for individuals with restricted space. These compact containers are designed to be placed on your kitchen counter and utilize aerobic composting to rapidly and effectively decompose food waste.

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

Benefits for Rental Properties

Are you aware that composting can benefit renters and the rental property itself? Encouraging composting at your rental property can enhance the eco-friendliness and appeal of the living environment for your tenants. Composting can improve your rental property in several ways:

  • Improved Soil Quality: In properties with yards, compost adds essential nutrients to the soil, resulting in healthier plant growth and improved landscaping aesthetics.
  • Reduced Waste Management Costs: Composting can reduce waste management costs for rental properties by redirecting organic waste away from landfills.
  • Enhanced Community Engagement: Composting programs in multi-unit housing developments can improve a sense of community among tenants and showcase the property’s dedication to sustainability.

Congratulations, you have now mastered composting! By adhering to the straightforward methods in this tutorial, you have made significant progress in reducing waste, enriching the environment, and cultivating healthier soil for your plants.


Whether you’re composting in a backyard or a high-rise apartment, there is an ideal way. So, what are you waiting for? Begin converting kitchen scraps into valuable compost by using your compost container today!

Ready to take the next step in your journey towards sustainable living? Visit Real Property Management Silverstone for all your rental requirements. We provide a wide variety of rental properties in the Sterling Heights area as well as neighboring areas. Contact us immediately via our online platform or browse our available rental listings to discover your ideal home and begin composting in your very own space!

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.

The Neighborly Done Right Promise

The Neighborly Done Right Promise ® delivered by Real Property Management, a proud Neighborly company

When it comes to finding the right property manager for your investment property, you want to know that they stand behind their work and get the job done right – the first time. At Real Property Management we have the expertise, technology, and systems to manage your property the right way. We work hard to optimize your return on investment while preserving your asset and giving you peace of mind. Our highly trained and skilled team works hard so you can be sure your property's management will be Done Right.

Canada excluded. Services performed by independently owned and operated franchises.

See Full Details