Composting is an affordable way to nab food for your plants while reducing waste in your home or apartment and in local landfills.
But did you know that you can get the same benefits of an outdoor compost pile or bin—without sacrificing precious lawn or patio space—through indoor composting?
Find out why indoor composting is such a desirable option for homeowners and renters.
Benefits of Indoor Composting
The biggest advantage of an indoor compost bin is that it thrives year-round at a temperature between 40 to 80 degrees, whereas outdoor compost bins and piles need to be shielded from direct sunlight or heavy rainfall and insulated when the temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Even when insulated, your outdoor compost output is hampered in winter since waste degrades more slowly in cold weather.
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Indoor composting is also advantageous for small-space dwellers since you can store a compost bin in any dark and dry space indoors, such as the basement, a closet, an under-the-sink kitchen cabinet, or even out on a counter.
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Meanwhile, outdoor compost piles require three-by-three-by-three feet at a minimum—lawn space that an apartment renter may not have.
Source: Portions of this article are courtesy of Bob Vila