Composting is an eco-friendly way to reduce waste, and it's something that everyone can do!
If you're thinking about composting but don't know where to start, this blog post is for you.
We'll cover the benefits of composting and how you can do it even if you live in an apartment.
What is composting?
Composting is the process of breaking down organic matter—like fruits, vegetables, and eggshells—into nutrient-rich soil.
So, instead of putting food scraps in the bin and sending it to the landfill, you would gather all of the food leftovers in a separate bin and either add them to your garden compost bin, an indoor compost bin or send them to your local composting facilities.
There are a number of ways to start composting, depending on where you live and what facilities are available to you.
There are many benefits to composting, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving water, and reducing your waste footprint.
Composting also helps to create healthy soils, which can in turn help reduce erosion and support plant growth.
And last but not least, it's a great way to reduce your food waste!
Composting in an Apartment
If you live in an apartment, you might think that composting isn't possible since you don't have access to a backyard or garden.
However, there are plenty of ways to compost indoors!
Worm Bin Composting
Worm bin composting is a type of composting that uses red wigglers (a type of earthworm) to break down organic matter.
Worm bins can be purchased online or at your local gardening store, and these types of composters are typically small enough to fit on a balcony or porch.
We appreciate that not everyone will be thrilled to have a worm composter in their flat, but this is still a good composting option worth considering.
Indoor Aerated Compost Bin
Indoor aerated compost bins work similarly to worm bins, but they don't require worms.
These bins rely on microorganisms to break down the organic matter—and they often come with filters to prevent odors.
The scraps that you gather in an indoor bin will have to be added to a large composting bin to finish the process of transforming food scraps into soil.
If you don't have regular access to a large compost bin, you can always freeze your food scraps and take them to the composting facility at regular intervals.
Other solutions for indoor composting include electric composters, like the FoodCycler by Vitamix, which breaks down the food leftovers into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be added to any soil.
You don't need to worry about worms or smells with an electric composter.
To learn more about types of composters that are suitable for apartments, check out our article 👉 Best Composters For Apartments For A Zero Waste Lifestyle.
Outdoor Community Compost Bin
Many cities and towns offer outdoor community compost bins that residents can use for their food scraps.
This is an excellent option if you're not interested in purchasing or maintaining your own compost bin.
We hope this blog post has inspired you to start composting!
It's a great way to reduce your waste while helping the environment.
If you live in an apartment, there are plenty of ways to compost indoors—you just need to find the right solution for you.