I live in a very tiny apartment with literally no grass around, the parking lot and walkways are all stone and concrete. This limits me to being able to have a set up for composting, but I knew this is what I needed to do and refused to let my food scraps go to waste.
Looking into numerous articles about apartment and small space composting, I figured all I would have to do is put in a little more effort to get the heat up in the bin. I bought a 1 gallon stainless steel container which I leave on my porch so that nothing gets in my apartment and no little bugs begin to appear. I then began to cook and tear up old mail, newspaper from the junk mail I received that day as well as an old Bed Bath and Beyond bag. Fast forward 5 months, I was successfully dumping 1 gallon of chunky fresh compost into my parents backyard.
I’m not going to lie, it smelled a little, there were still chunks of food in there that I didn’t cut up small enough to decompose quickly. However, most of it decomposed flawlessly and was the right amount of wet/dry. I call this a success for having just a bin with no real circulation and continually forgetting to turn the contents.
If you would like to know more information on how I made Estilo Stainless Steel Compost Pail work as a real compost bin, please let me know! I’ll be more than happy to give you a few pointers.