I’ve wanted to try composting for a long time. Food waste is a huge producer of methane gas, which is a contributor to global warming and climate change.
I have a hard time wasting food, and I’m not throwing it away willy nilly. But there are always pieces of food that get discarded – peels, pits, bits of kale that go bad before making it into a smoothie.
An important component of not letting my stress level about the problems of the world get out of hand is to just focus on what I can do to help solve them. As far as food waste goes, composting seems like the perfect solution.
But there are just two problems:
- I live in a tiny apartment without a place to start a garden.
- I am often fighting a fruit fly problem that could easily get out of hand.
Fortunately, I’ve found a way to compost that works for me, and I’m sharing a few other options too. If you want to try composting in your apartment, it is possible!
3 Tips for Composting in an Apartment
1. Store Food Waste in the Freezer
This has been the best way for me to save food scraps and avoid fruit flies in my apartment. I simply place a paper bag (also compostable) in the freezer and fill it with food waste as I cook.
I sometimes roll the sides of the bag down to help it fit in the freezer. When it’s full, I’ll unroll the sides and fold them over, making it easier to transport.
2. Use a Compost Pail in the Kitchen
Another great option is using a compost pail that you can keep on the counter or under the sink.
This choice seems like it would work best if you do have an outdoor space in which to compost. It might also work well if you have a nearby friend or service to take your food scraps to.
All of these pails come with charcoal filters that keep odors at bay.
3. Find a Friend or Service to Take Your Food Scraps To
If, like me, you don’t have an outdoor space for a compost pile, don’t let that stop you from keeping food waste out of the trash!
Here are some places you can take your food scraps:
- Ask a friend who has a compost pile if they’d be willing to take your food scraps.
- Some cities have composting services. They might pick up compostable materials from your house (like a trash or recycling service), or some have drop-off locations. If you live in Denver, here is information about the city’s compost collection service. And you can drop off compostable materials here.
- Inquire if a community garden or gardening center could use your food scraps for compost.
- Some farmers markets have drop-off locations for food scraps. While you’re there, do your grocery shopping!
With these tips, I’ve found that composting while living in an apartment is possible for me. Do you collect food scraps and other materials for compost? What is your best advice?