Think composting is just for those with a backyard? Think again. Composting is possible whether you live on two acres of land or in a tiny studio apartment. All you need is some motivation and the right tools.
If you are an urban dweller, or simply don’t have enough space for an outdoor compost pile, you can buy your own (it doesn’t get much easier than that). This website offers a wide selection of options. Or, you can put on your DIY hat and make your own. Here’s how, courtesy of EPA.gov:
Using this method, your compost should be ready in two to five weeks. And according to the EPA, if properly managed, your bin will not smell or attract pests.
If you are fortunate enough to have a large enough backyard, click here for the EPA’s tips on outdoor composting.
Whether indoor or outdoor composting, make sure your bin always contains a good mix of materials including dead leaves, branches, twigs, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, coffee grinds and water.
Now that you got your compost bin all set up, it’s important to know what is compostable. Here’s a short list of some of the more surprising options courtesy of the EPA:
The following items should never go in your compost bin:
For more information on composting, click here.
Not feeling DIY composting? Don’t worry, many cities and towns now offer compost collections. Just be sure to keep your scraps in the freezer to prevent smell and rot, or try a compost collector. We like this one from Full Circle.
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