Compost 55 items


From the Kitchen

  1. Used paper napkins
  2. Pizza boxes , ripped into smaller pieces
  3. Paper bags, either ripped or balled up
  4. Ground coffee with filters
  5. Tea bags
  6. Paper towel rolls
  7. Used paper plates (as long as they don't have a waxy coating)
  8. Cellophane bags (be sure it's really Cellophane and not just clear plastic—there's a difference.)
  9. Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which can be toxic to plants)
  10. Old herbs and spices
  11. Cereal boxes (tear them into smaller pieces first)
  12. Wine corks
  13. Paper egg cartons
  14. Toothpicks 
  15. Bamboo skewers
  16. Paper cupcake or muffin cups

From the Bathroom

17. Used facial tissues

18. Hair from your hairbrush

19. Toilet paper rolls

20. Old loofahs

21. Nail clippings

22. Urine

23. 100% Cotton cotton balls

24. Cotton swabs made from 100% cotton and cardboard (not plastic) sticks

From The Laundry Room

25. Dryer lint

26. Old/stained cotton clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces

27. Old wool clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces

From The Office

28 Bills and other documents you've shredded

29 Envelopes (minus the plastic window)

30 Pencil shavings

31 Sticky notes

32 Business cards (as long as they're not glossy)

33 Receipts

Around the House

34. Contents of your vacuum cleaner bag or canister

35.Newspapers (shredded or torn into smaller pieces)

36.Subscription cards from magazines

37. Leaves trimmed from houseplants

38. Dead houseplants and their soil

39. Flowers from floral arrangements

40. Natural potpourri

41. Used matches

42. Wrapping paper rolls

43. Paper table cloths

44. Crepe paper streamers

45. Latex balloons

46. Raffia

47.Evergreen garlands

48. Natural holiday wreaths

49. and your Christmas tree. Chop it up with some pruners first (or use a wood chipper, if you have one...).


50. Hair from the dog or cat brush

51. Droppings and bedding from your rabbit/gerbil/hamsters, etc.

52. Newspaper/droppings from the bottom of the bird cage

53 Feathers

54. Alfalfa hay or pellets (usually fed to rabbits)

55. Animal manure - from ponies, goats, sheep etc

What should stay out?

  1. Coal or charcoal ash.
  2. Dairy products (e.g., butter, egg yolks, milk, sour cream, yogurt)
  3. Diseased or insect-ridden plants.
  4. Fats, grease, lard, or oils.
  5. Meat or fish bones and scraps.
  6. Pet waste (from dog or cat, soiled cat litter).
  7. Yard trimmings which have been treated with chemical pesticides

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