Learn How To Compost At Home and Bring Your Trash To Life
Not sure if you can compost at home? Check out my interview series of everyday families who compost at home with success. I call it “Bring Your Trash To Life” because composting turns your trash into nutrients for our soil and builds the foundation of new life for our planet.
Enjoy these interviews in the continuing series with families who compost at home in a variety of ways. They live in apartments and homes, urban areas and suburbs and beyond, and they use all sorts of different composting methods. They hail from different cities and countries with varying levels of access to community composting alternatives. Best of all, none of us are experts. We’re all just doing our best to turn our trash into garden treasure.
Bring Your Trash To Life Composting Interview Series
This series, Bring Your Trash To Life, shows you how to compost at home by interviewing everyday families who compost at home already and share their tips and tricks to make composting accessible and easy.
Residing in San Diego, California, the Zero Waste Family uses four different composting systems on their urban homestead to live a zero-waste lifestyle with their three children. Read on for more about how they compost at home and be inspired to try one of their methods for yourself!
Ready for the simplest way to compost with a bit of space in a yard? A compost tumbler is an easy way to compost at home and keep animals at bay. Read on for more about composting at home with a rotary bin.
Sarah's family has long used municipal pick-up programs for disposing of organic waste, like food scraps. They recently started their own compost bin at home to create compost they can use in their garden and complement the municipal pick-up program.
You can definitely compost at home even if you live in an urban area with just a small garden plot. Elana lives in a city with a composting program, which definitely makes composting a bit easier, but she's also proof that you can have your own compost even in a small urban yard.
Want to compost at home but don't have space? How about trying a compost pick-up service or community composting program? Read on for more about how Celia used a compost pick-up service to compost her food scraps while living in a small urban space.
Elizabeth composts in of the largest cities in the world through a community compost system at a local farmers' market. Did you know that many cities have organizations that facilitate composting for those who don't have space for a system or can't use the finished compost themselves?
Sometimes we have to try composting at home a few different ways before finding the right fit for our living situation. Read on for more about how Kathryn tried to compost at home a couple of times before landing on the right compost system for her family.
Composting at home can be easy when we let the compost pile do the hard work for us. Stephanie has a simple bin, tosses the food scraps into the bin periodically, and gives it a good shake to keep it aerated. Let's not make composting more complicated than it needs to be!
Landen composts at home with her family that includes three young boys. They maintain a simple open pile in the corner of their backyard and turn the compost regularly to avoid attracting unwanted wildlife and keep the compost hot and decomposing.
Jess shares how her family uses a simple and affordable bucket system to create space for their food scraps to decompose. Composting at home can be as simple as collecting food scraps in a couple of buckets and giving them a stir occasionally.
Sophie and her husband live in a tiny home that they designed and built themselves. As they created their dream tiny home, they made sure to incorporate a space for composting, even if it was small. They're here to show you that no living space is too small to compost.
Stephanie shares her experiences composting at home with her family. She lets her little ones help, and composting has become a part of her family's everyday cadence. Stephanie is proof that composting can be an incremental endeavor that we learn over time. You don't have to be a master or know everything to get started.
Can you compost in winter? You bet you can! Laura composts year round even in cold weather in an open bin. Read more about her "lazy" composting system that is easy to maintain and still gets the job done.
Leo is a composting guru with twenty years of experience! Not only does he compost in his own yard, but he also teaches people in his hometown in Belgium how they can do the same. He's a husband, father, and composting expert in his local town.
If composting piques your interest, but you're not sure where to start, have no fear. Angela and her family moved into a new home, realized the benefits of composting left by the former owners, and decided to try it themselves with a no-frills, easy-to-maintain compost pile system.
Ready to start composting at home with a bit of space for an open pile or bin? This type of composting can be pretty simple and low maintenance if you don't mind a slow pace of decomposition. Read on for how we compost at home with a few piles in our backyard
Sarah dove into composting when she couldn't find the solutions she knew and loved from back home after moving from the UK to the US. Sarah is making strides to mobilize her neighbors and community to participate as well. Not only does she compost at home, but she has a bin for her neighbors to use, and she's working with other parents in her children's school to hopefully start a composting program at their school.
If you live in an apartment, vermicomposting might be the perfect option to compost at home. Read on for more about how this family lets the worms under their sink do the hard work of composting for them.
Alysia shares how her family composts with a dual-tumbler bin. The tumbler takes very little work and does most of the work for you. It can also be a great option for those concerned about animals sneaking into their compost piles or open bins.
Holly is an advocate for soil health and seeks to teach us how regenerative gardening and living can make the planet a better place for all of us! She uses an upcycled bin to compost at home and doesn't mind sharing her compost with wild animals.
Faye lives in the city and stores her food scraps in the freezer until she can drop them off at the compost bin outside her apartment. Living in a city with a lot of compost options, apartment dwellers can easily compost without a lot of space!
Want to compost at home but don't have the time? How about trying a compost pick-up service? This family outsources their composting and loves reducing food waste and helping the planet without doing all the heavy lifting!
Renata took advantage of a program in her town that offers subsidized compost bins to residents. She and her family use their enclosed compost bin to turn food scraps into garden gold. She also suggests reaching out to local Master gardeners for advice and guidance to get started composting at home.
Depending on where you live, there are probably certain ways to compost at home that work better than others. This family has been composting for several years and learned how to compost at home in the city and the suburbs. Check out their story about composting in both urban and suburban neighborhoods.
Sarah and her husband have composted in an apartment and now live in a rural area with a big yard. Their composting method has changed as they moved through different stages of life, from a small space to a much larger space.
Jessica started composting in a simple trash bin in her backyard when she realized her food scraps were attracting insects in her trash. With a garden, she knew she could take advantage of those food scraps and put the beneficial insect attraction to good use through composting. Jessica's composting system is so straightforward and a perfect example that you can get started composting at home today.
Tyson makes composting a family affair with an easy-to-use enclosed compost bin. If you're looking for a "clean and simple" composting option, Tyson has a great bin that makes the process pretty straightforward and can work even in smaller yards.
Nicolette shares how she uses the Project Oscar compost bins provided by the city of Boston to compost her food scraps for free. Project Oscar, aptly named by the city based on the Sesame Street character, is a pilot program that will hopefully grow to allow many more residents free access to municipal composting in their communities.
This suburban family composts their food scraps to create nutrient-rich finished compost for their garden. They use a bucket that resides outdoors to save food scraps and then bring them to their outdoor compost bin once a week or so. She started her compost bin to put all her homemade baby food scraps to good use for her garden and hasn't looked back.
I’m Jen, the author of Honestly Modern, an online space all about eco-friendly living for modern families. Check out more and explore climate action, zero waste living principles, regenerative gardening, and intersectional environmentalism, all through the lens of modern family life.