Tip of the Week #5 – Composting Basics

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And here’s a list of things you can compost:

  • Dryer lint
  • “Dust bunnies”
  • The insides of a vacuum bag (just empty the bag into the compost bin)
  • The contents of your dustpan (just use discretion)
  • Coffee grounds
  • Coffee filters
  • Tea bags/loose leaf tea
  • Soy/rice/almond/etc milk
  • Nut shells (but not walnut, which may be toxic to plants)
  • Pumpkin/sunflower/sesame seeds (chop them to ensure they won’t grow)
  • Avocado pits (chop them up so they won’t sprout)
  • Pickles
  • Stale tortilla chips/potato chips
  • Stale crackers
  • Crumbs (bread or other baked goods)
  • Old breakfast cereal
  • Bran (wheat or oat, etc)
  • Seaweed/nori/kelp
  • Tofu/tempeh
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Expired jam or jelly
  • Egg shells
  • Old, moldy “soy dairy” and other dairy substitutes
  • Stale Halloween candy and old nutrition/protein bars
  • Popcorn kernels (post-popping, the ones that didn’t make it)
  • Old herbs and spices
  • Cooked rice
  • Cooked pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut shells
  • Booze (beer and wine)
  • Wine corks
  • Egg cartons (not Styrofoam)
  • Toothpicks
  • Q-tips (not the plastic ones)
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Matches
  • Sawdust
  • Pencil shavings
  • Fireplace ash (fully extinguished and cooled)
  • Burlap sacks
  • Cotton or wool clothes, cut into strips
  • Paper towels
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper table cloths
  • Paper plates (non wax- or plastic-coated)
  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Holiday wreaths
  • Balloons (latex only)
  • Raffia fibers (wrapping or decoration)
  • Excelsior (wood wool)
  • Old potpourri
  • Dried flowers
  • Fresh flowers
  • Dead houseplants (or their dropped leaves)
  • Human hair (from a home haircut or saved from the barber shop)
  • Toenail clippings
  • Trimmings from an electric razor
  • Pet hair
  • Domestic bird and bunny droppings
  • Feathers
  • Fish food
  • Aquatic plants (from aquariums)
  • Dog food
  • Rawhide dog chews
  • Ratty old rope
  • The dead flies on the windowsill
  • Pizza boxes and cereal boxes (shredded first)
  • Toilet paper and paper towel rolls (shredded first)
  • Paper muffin/cupcake cups
  • Cellophane bags (real cellophane, not regular clear plastic)
  • Kleenex (including used)
  • Condoms (latex only)
  • Old loofas (real, not synthetic)
  • Cotton balls
  • Tampon applicators (cardboard, not plastic) and tampons (including used)
  • Newspaper
  • Junk mail
  • Old business cards (not the glossy ones)
  • Old masking tape
  • White glue/plain paste

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