Composting seemed to be impossible for people who don’t have a garden or a backyard. You might be even thinking, “ Come on, composting is just for the farmers, gardeners, time-rich, and the environmentalist.”
Unfortunately, as long as you produce food scraps you’ll have to learn the basics of composting. A quick question though, “Can I really compost in an apartment?” The answer is yes-you-can!
So today, I will be sharing 7 tips to help you start apartment composting without stinking up the place.
Pick up Services
If you don’t mind paying for a compost pick up service then go for it. For $15-$25 a month your scraps will be taken care of by the composting pick up service.
You can visit litterless.com to check if your area is serviceable by the pick up service.It’s as easy as that!
But if you prefer composting your food scraps by yourself, then keep reading.
Keep Your Compost In Your Freezer
Apartment composting could be hard if your apartment is small. If you do not have enough space in your kitchen counter to put your compost, do freezer composting.
Just place everything that can be composted into a bag and place it in your freezer until it’s time for the weekly drop off. Don’t worry, food scraps won’t stink once frozen.
If worms don’t bother you, this might just work for you. In vermicomposting a special breed of worms break down and fragments food scraps rapidly.
This technique also eliminates odors caused by food scraps. Start doing your DIY worm bins now. Here’s a tutorial on how you can build a stackable DIY worm farm.
It’s 2020, it is no longer impossible to compost electronically! In fact, a lot of food cyclers are being sold on Amazon. Here are some food cyclers you might want to buy!
These are often bread-maker sized appliances that grinds and heat your food scraps into dry fertilizers.The good thing is if you have plants at home, it can convert your food scraps into fertilizers for your garden beds.
Check if there are community gardens set up in your area. These community gardens are actually dual purpose. They help their residents have an area to dispose of their food scraps and at the same time create free-fertilizer for plant growers!
Finally, if you are an environmentalist, this might just sound good to you: Community gardens positively impact the urban microclimate.
For most cities, municipal composting service is offered to all residents. The good thing about this is they collect very minimal service fee.
This usually is a project done by the localities to help with proper segregation and recycling.
If you are apartment composting and have a good-sized balcony, you have another option to consider: compost tumblers.
Composting tumblers are heavily sealed. It is heat generated by the composting process and it speeds up the process of converting kitchen and yard waste into compost.