compost-binAnybody who has a composting bin or compost pile at their house knows that old apple cores, banana peels and potato skins can be composted. The list of items that can be composted doesn’t stop there, in fact, it barely scratches the surface.

Did you know that you can compost an old tea bag? Old spices? Grass clippings? How about sticky notes? Yes, each of those items can be composted!

There are many compostable items, and this list will get you started with the first ninety-nine. Composting at home is a very effective method to reduce the amount of waste you personally contribute to the landfill.

If you are composting for an organic garden use organic starting materials. Some of the items below I would not recommend for organic gardens. For clarity, I will specify those items below.

The Basics

    1. All organic vegetable and fruit matter including rinds, skins, shells, seeds, cores and peels
    2. Old leaves and hay
    3. Used coffee grounds

The Chemical and Toxic Metal Cleanse Kit will help you purge your body of both chemical and metal toxins, which can lead to serious health concerns.

    1. Paper coffee filters
    2. Grass clippings
    3. Egg shells
    4. Tea bags
    5. Peat moss
    6. Tree bark
    7. Old flowers
    8. Garden soil
    9. Old top soil
    10. Old bread
    11. Wheat bran
    12. Cooked grains
    13. Olive pits
    14. Popcorn kernels
    15. Dust bunnies
    16. Toothpicks
    17. Business cards (Paper)
    18. Natural wine corks
    19. Toilet paper rolls
    20. Wrapping paper rolls
    21. Old loose leaf tea leaves
    22. Dried brown garden weeds (avoid composting weeds that go to seed)
    23. Spices and herbs that have lost their smell
    24. Nut shells (except walnut shells, which contain a chemical that can be toxic to plants)
    25. Wood chips and sawdust – from untreated wood, treated wood is toxic
    26. Soy products – non GMO
    27. Wine and beer-making wastes
    28. Old dry cereals, crackers, chips, cookies, etc.
    29. 100% cotton swabs and Q-tips (do not compost plastic sticks)
    30. Wood fire ashes from grill or fire-place (also from smoking fish and other meats)
    31. Dirt in soles of shoes
    32. Facial tissues (unless soiled with chemical products)
    33. Old organic milk, ice cream, cream, etc. (in limited amounts)
    34. 100% cotton clothing (ripped into small pieces)
    35. 100% wool clothing (ripped into small pieces)
    36. Raffia decorations
    37. Crepe paper streamers
    38. Paper napkins
    39. Natural wreaths, garlands and other natural holiday decor
    40. Chopped up Christmas trees
    41. Aquarium plants
    42. Paper bags (ripped into smaller pieces)
    43. Old Post-it Notes
    44. Any form of paper that has been soiled by food
    45. Pizza boxes (make sure to break them down into small pieces)
    46. Shrimp shells
    47. Used paper plates without wax coatings

Zeotrex® is an herbal blend that helps rejuvenate vitality, energy, mental clarity, and overall wellness through the detoxification of chemicals and metals.

  1. Old mail and bills (make sure not to compost envelopes with the plastic windows)
  2. Paper or wood-based matches
  3. Animal manure and droppings
  4. Paper towels and towel rolls
  5. Cork
  6. Organic glue
  7. Animal fur
  8. Jell-O (gelatin)
  9. Paper muffin and cupcake cups
  10. Cage cleanings from small pets such as Guinea pigs, rabbits, birds and iguanas
  11. Freezer burned fruits and veggies
  12. Burlap sack
  13. Stale candy (remove wrapper, of course!)
  14. Cardboard and paper egg cartons
  15. Cardboard tampon applicators
  16. The boxes that surround many forms of cheeses
  17. Pure cellophane bags
  18. Paper Envelopes from your mail (Shredded up)
  19. Shredded catalogs and magazines (unless they have a very waxy cover)
  20. Chewing gum
  21. Feathers
  22. Old rope
  23. Stale catnip
  24. Organic cotton socks
  25. Dead houseplants
  26. Star fish (dead)
  27. Old Halloween pumpkins
  28. Electric razor trimmings
  29. Finger and toe nail clippings
  30. Hair – Both human and animal hair is compostable
  31. Ground bone and blood meal
  32. Old rawhide dog chews
  33. Old dog/cat foods
  34. Small pets that have died, like goldfish (Not recommended, but possible.)
  35. Urine (although can be quite smelly in the summer sun)
  36. Old cheeses
  37. Ash from fire place
  38. Old beer, wine and liquor
  39. Crustacean shells (shrimp, crab, lobster, etc.)
  40. Organic tobacco waste
  41. Bamboo products
  42. Old fish food
  43. Sheepskin condoms
  44. Shower loofahs (made from natural materials, such as sea sponge)
  45. Bamboo skewers
  46. Granite dust
  47. Dolomite lime
  48. Liquid from canned fruits and vegetables
  49. Pure soap scraps

Do you compost at home? Can you think of some other items you can compost? If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments below.

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

Source: 99 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Can Compost

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