How Can I Make My Own Compost Without A Backyard?


Living in an urban environment without a backyard doesn’t have to stop you from making your own compost. There are several ways to create nutrient-rich compost even in a small living space.

1. Indoor Composting

One option is to engage in indoor composting using a worm bin. Worm composting, also known as vermicomposting, involves using red worms to break down organic matter into compost. It’s a clean and efficient method that can be done in a small container under your kitchen sink. The red worms feed on the organic waste and their castings (manure) create a nutrient-rich compost that can be used on houseplants or gardens.

2. Bokashi Composting

Another technique for composting without a backyard is bokashi composting. Bokashi composting uses a special system that ferments kitchen waste in an airtight container. This method is odorless and can be stored indoors, making it ideal for apartment dwellers. The fermented kitchen waste can then be buried in soil, where it breaks down quickly due to the fermentation process, enriching the soil with nutrients.

3. Community Composting

If you don’t have space for composting at home, consider joining a community composting program. Many cities now offer community composting initiatives where residents can drop off their food scraps at designated locations for composting. Community composting helps divert organic waste from landfills and promotes sustainability within urban areas by turning food scraps into valuable compost for community gardens and green spaces.

4. Share the Wealth

If you have friends or family members with backyard compost bins, you can also contribute your food scraps to their compost pile. This way, you can still participate in the composting process even without a backyard of your own. By collaborating with others, you can ensure that food waste is being diverted from landfills and used to create nutrient-rich compost that benefits both your loved ones and the environment.

By exploring these alternative composting methods, even urban dwellers without a backyard can reduce their environmental impact and create valuable compost for their indoor plants or community gardens. Implementing these sustainable practices can help urban residents contribute to a greener and more eco-friendly future.

Steven Peck

Working as an editor for the Scientific Origin, Steven is a meticulous professional who strives for excellence and user satisfaction. He is highly passionate about technology, having himself gained a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in Information Technology. He covers a wide range of subjects for our magazine.