Homeowners have many options for indoor composting, beyond participating in municipal services that accept biodegradable food scraps separate from trash and recyclables. Some D-I-Y approaches are virtually cost-free, but they do require research and care to be managed properly. If that’s not ideal, there are now convenient kitchen-friendly appliances on the market that can quickly reduce household waste, while creating nutrient-rich compost for indoor plants and outdoor gardens. However, the costs can vary greatly, so it’s wise to set your priorities.

When determining the best option for your circumstances, it is very important to consider what you intend to do with the finished compost. For example, you may be considering it as a fertilizer for plants, but some house or garden plants may require specific soil chemistry for good growth. As a result, you may be restricted from adding certain organics. Another decision-making factor may be the unit itself. You might want a large bin capacity or prefer a compact countertop model.

You could be concerned about operational noise – or odor control, based on what will be processed (e.g., fish, pet waste, etc.). Or, you may be an energy-conscious consumer who is concerned about the amount of electricity required to accelerate an otherwise naturally occurring process. So, before you invest in a composting plan, be sure to do your research.