by Dr. Edward Group
compost-blogAnybody 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
  4. Paper coffee filters
  5. Grass clippings
  6. Egg shells
  7. Tea bags
  8. Peat moss
  9. Tree bark
  10. Old flowers
  11. Garden soil
  12. Old top soil
  13. Old bread
  14. Wheat bran
  15. Cooked grains
  16. Olive pits
  17. Popcorn kernels
  18. Dust bunnies
  19. Toothpicks
  20. Business cards (Paper)
  21. Natural wine corks
  22. Toilet paper rolls
  23. Wrapping paper rolls
  24. Old loose leaf tea leaves
  25. Dried brown garden weeds (avoid composting weeds that go to seed)
  26. Spices and herbs that have lost their smell
  27. Nut shells (except walnut shells, which contain a chemical that can be toxic to plants)
  28. Wood chips and sawdust – from untreated wood, treated wood is toxic
  29. Soy products – non GMO
  30. Wine and beer-making wastes
  31. Old dry cereals, crackers, chips, cookies, etc.
  32. 100% cotton swabs and Q-tips (do not compost plastic sticks)
  33. Wood fire ashes from grill or fire-place (also from smoking fish and other meats)
  34. Dirt in soles of shoes
  35. Facial tissues (unless soiled with chemical products)
  36. Old organic milk, ice cream, cream, etc. (in limited amounts)
  37. 100% cotton clothing (ripped into small pieces)
  38. 100% wool clothing (ripped into small pieces)
  39. Raffia decorations
  40. Crepe paper streamers
  41. Paper napkins
  42. Natural wreaths, garlands and other natural holiday decor
  43. Chopped up Christmas trees
  44. Aquarium plants
  45. Paper bags (ripped into smaller pieces)
  46. Old Post-it Notes
  47. Any form of paper that has been soiled by food
  48. Pizza boxes (make sure to break them down into small pieces)
  49. Shrimp shells
  50. Used paper plates without wax coatings
  51. Old mail and bills (make sure not to compost envelopes with the plastic windows)
  52. Paper or wood-based matches
  53. Animal manure and droppings
  54. Paper towels and towel rolls
  55. Cork
  56. Organic glue
  57. Animal fur
  58. Jell-O (gelatin)
  59. Paper muffin and cupcake cups
  60. Cage cleanings from small pets such as Guinea pigs, rabbits, birds and iguanas
  61. Freezer burned fruits and veggies
  62. Burlap sack
  63. Stale candy (remove wrapper, of course!)
  64. Cardboard and paper egg cartons
  65. Cardboard tampon applicators
  66. The boxes that surround many forms of cheeses
  67. Pure cellophane bags
  68. Paper Envelopes from your mail (Shredded up)
  69. Shredded catalogs and magazines (unless they have a very waxy cover)
  70. Chewing gum
  71. Feathers
  72. Old rope
  73. Stale catnip
  74. Organic cotton socks
  75. Dead houseplants
  76. Star fish (dead)
  77. Old Halloween pumpkins
  78. Electric razor trimmings
  79. Finger and toe nail clippings
  80. Hair – Both human and animal hair is compostable
  81. Ground bone and blood meal
  82. Old rawhide dog chews
  83. Old dog/cat foods
  84. Small pets that have died, like goldfish (Not recommended, but possible.)
  85. Urine (although can be quite smelly in the summer sun)
  86. Old cheeses
  87. Ash from fire place
  88. Old beer, wine and liquor
  89. Crustacean shells (shrimp, crab, lobster, etc.)
  90. Organic tobacco waste
  91. Bamboo products
  92. Old fish food
  93. Sheepskin condoms
  94. Shower loofahs (made from natural materials, such as sea sponge)
  95. Bamboo skewers
  96. Granite dust
  97. Dolomite lime
  98. Liquid from canned fruits and vegetables
  99. 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.

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