Ask Renee: Compost in a condo 

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What are options for recycling food waste if living in a condo (with zero cost)?


Well, Brucks2, for zero cost (actually a net gain) my best advice is to have less food waste. Only buy what you need. Save scraps in the freezer to make vegetable broth. Eat your leftovers – you can even get creative with them!

For a small investment, you can have your own composter. I am a renter with a small yard, so I currently compost outside in a plastic storage tub. When I lived in a condo, I had a lot of fun composting with worms . There are even small countertop composting buckets, though I have never used one and can’t speak to how well they work.

If DIY composting isn’t your thing, you can hire Earth Mama Compost for $20 a month.

And remember to be engaged in discussions about reducing, reusing and recycling that are happening right now! Follow the Indiana Food Scrap Initiative and take the Indianapolis DPW trash/recycling survey.

Piece out,


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Renee has spent the past several years surrounding herself with like-minded people who share her passion for caring for the planet. She began writing “Ask Renee” after four years of offering green tips through her e-newsletter Green Piece Indy. E-mail her your green living queries at

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