And while my apartment building was not terribly helpful (ie. didn't buy us all kitchen compost buckets) having the large compost bin out by our garbage and recycling bins meant I could actually start composting.
Composting done well is great. Composting done poorly is gross and nasty and stinky and makes fruit flies and mold and ewww. I grew up with a giant compost in the back that my parents would use to fertilize our gardens so composting has never really been a big deal to me. Living in an apartment without a compost bin is harder though as it would have meant collecting my organics and taking them to a site regularly and I wasn't willing to do that. (sad face)
So when the pamphlets showed up in our mailboxes I researched kitchen compost bins and ordered one that promised to keep away smells and stuff and it arrived a few days later and off I went.
Am I taking the garbage out less? Not sure. There's still a ton of stuff that doesn't get recycled or composted... and I have to take the compost out every couple of days or else it gets on the iffy side smell wise.
I am happier to be composting, even if it's another step to think about and it did take me a couple of days to retrain myself to not just chuck organics in the trash can.
So, yeah. Now I have the ability to not throw out paper, plastics, and organic materials. It's surprising how much of what was going out in my garbage can be composted instead.