How to Compost in Your Apartment [infographic]

October 22, 2013 |  by  |  Environmental, Food

Composting is somewhat of an abstract idea to me, but in reality it’s a very straight forward process: rather than throwing out all leftover once-living food, mix it together and make nutrient-rich soil. The infographic I am featuring today walks you through the steps of making and maintaining a composting bin that can remain in your apartment (and not stink up the place).

A quick composting story for those of you that haven’t rushed off to make your own compost. My roommate and I are lucky enough to live in a cute little home with a decent-sized composting bin in the yard, so naturally when we moved in we got very excited about the prospect of composting, producing little waste, and maintaining an adorable little garden with fresh herbs and possibly a tomato or two. We talked about how we would then take all these lovely home-grown goods and make delectable meals out of them. None of that has happened yet, and the compost bin that resides in our freezer is three-fourths coffee grounds one-fourth egg shells–that is until yesterday when a friend came over, put some rotten asparagus on top of the overstuffed bin, took it out of our freezer, and set it on the counter top.

Now we are well on our way. And if you haven’t guessed, I am posting this infographic to hold my roommate and I  accountable for our composting duties. It’s such a simple and awesome thing that us humans can do. Don’t be like me; don’t make it harder than it has to be. [via]

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  • 29teddy

    Huh. I’d like to know what kind of apartments the people who made this Infographic live in that they have room for one of these boxes, let alone two! Must be the same people who have rooftop gardens in Manhattan.
    Oh, and let me run out to my worm store right now! Seriously? I haven’t seen a worm in years.

    • Joe

      You don’t have a place where you live that sells bait?

    • CaroLine Armitage

      Home depot or other home improvement stores sell worms! Just ask someone who works there for “red wrigglers”. They may be in the “refrigerated” garden section.

  • Tracy

    In the what to use category it says to use food scraps but in the what not to use it says not to use meat, so if food scraps have meat in it you cant use it?

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