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Composting is one of my favorite ways to reduce waste in the kitchen. Even if you try to maintain a zero-waste kitchen by getting creative with storage solutions and recipes that use most of your leftovers, composting can still add up in terms of how much food you can divert from landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2018, Americans kept over 25 million tons of compost from becoming trash. That’s 0.42 pounds per person per day! And there are personal benefits, too — I’ve found that saving my food scraps keeps my trash can smelling much fresher.
Though composting may be misunderstood for being smelly or for taking up too much space, there are plenty of small, streamlined compost bins that are a great fit for those living in smaller apartments or even dorms. Many come with airtight seals and even charcoal filters that help keep odors in, rather than out. We rounded up our favorite compost bins for small spaces; keep reading to check them out.