Live in an apartment or condo and think you can't compost because you don't have a large backyard?

It is possible—and fairly easy—to compost indoors. If properly managed, a compost bin won't attract pests or rodents or smell bad.

Food scraps and yard waste make up 20 percent to 30 percent of what we throw away and are the largest category of municipal solid waste going into  landfills and incinerators, says the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. Food scraps in landfills take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

In 2011, more than 36 million tons of food waste was generated, with only 4 percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting. 

Composting your food scraps keeps these materials out of landfills. At the end of several weeks (and with the help of some red wiggler worms), you will have compost, a rich organic material that can be added to soil to help your houseplants grow, improve your vegetable garden, or make your lawn greener. 

Here is some help on composting indoors from Sustainable America:

 

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