I have been making the changes to live a zero waste lifestyle, but there is one big question I have! How do I compost in an apartment complex that 1. has limited balcony space and 2. doesn't have a green bin? Any suggestions?
Check out Vermicomposting or Bokashi. Both are easy to do within an apartment.
Some Farmers' Markets collect food scraps. Also, some locally owned produce markets *might* be willing to add your veggie scraps to theirs. Finally, some community gardens will allow you to add to their compost bins.
Talk to the complex management about getting green bins. Call the local waste management facility. Does your city even collect green waste/compost in separate bins? Where do residents leave green waste like lawn clippings and tree branches? Does your city/town even pick those up? Does your city have an ordinance about green waste pick-up in bins? If so, your apartment complex would be required to provide those bins to the residents.
It shouldn't be a pain in the butt to compost. In fact, muncipalities should be providing the composting bins free of charge. In San Francisco, the city provides you with a compost bin at no charge. We're at 80% diversion from landfill, though. S.F. is pretty serious about it. LOL.
Bokashi is great, and it gives you a liquid fertilizer to use until it's all cured.
BUT - and I found this out the hard way - is that once the bokashi bin is full, it doesn't turn into usable compost on its own. It has to be shoveled out into the ground, in a bin with dirt, or into another traditional compost pile before it can be used.