If you're at all eco-conscious, it's always time to take a cold, hard look into the garbage can. Of course you're recycling already, but a part of you knows that every banana peel you toss in with your paper towels, your meat trimmings, your old food packages, is a piece of food that could similarly be recycled by composting. You may have heard that composting in a small apartment may not smell ~great~, but it's totally possible to do it without stinking up the place. You don't need an expansive backyard to turn your old apple cores into soil gold.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead." That's a lot of egg shells! It doesn't have to be like this. If you compost instead, you could be churning up organic material that assists plants in their growing process. Which is very nice. Think of composting as environmental karma.
To start composting, you need to know a few basic things. First off, what you can compost. It's not like you can throw your potato chip bag in there, and the soil doesn't take kindly to animal products. Small Footprint Family has a considerable list of things you can compost. Now that you're acquainted with compost friendly materials, you can get your lil apartment set up with a not-very-space-consuming composting system. This will work great for either your own garden or to bring to your local composting program. One thing is for sure: getting your small apartment indoor compost set up is way easier than getting your couch through the front door.