Making Compost – What Items to Use

How to Make Compost

Now that you know why you should compost, you’re going to need to know which materials to use. Since not all leftovers can be used, we’ve put together a handy list to show you which items can and cannot be used for composting.

What to Compost List

What to Compost Items Not Suitable for Composting
  • Vegetable waste
  • Fruit waste
  • Freezer-burned fruit, vegetables
  • Old spices, dried-up herbs
  • Potato peelings
  • Stale bread
  • Stale potato chips
  • Nut shells
  • Watermelon rinds
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee, filters & teabags
  • Cooked rice
  • Paper napkins & paper towels
  • Seedless weeds
  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Wood chips, saw dust
  • Shredded papers
  • Houseplant trimmings
  • Lint from refrigerator or dryer
  • Pet hair
  • Vacuum cleaner bag contents
  • Cooked waste that may become moldy
  • Left-over meat, cheese, gravy, butter, frying fats & moldy bread
  • Citrus fruit skins that have been chemically treated
  • Potato peels
  • Oil
  • Fish & bones
  • Wet grass
  • Old plants
  • Ashes of coals and briquettes
  • Animal waste

Now that you know what can and cannot be used for composting, now it’s time to learn how to compost.

Posted in Healthy Living & Home Safety, Home Gardening Tagged with: ,
Posted by: Cyndee DAgostini
2 comments on “Making Compost – What Items to Use
  1. Banazpati says:

    i have tried a couple of cmpsoot bins. To be honest i have gotten the best results just making a pile and leaving it, turning it every couple of weeks. Two drawbacks in my opinion of bins is air circulation and creating a barrier for insects to enter. i had a black cmpsoot bin which from what i read was a popular model. The contents never got hot. This baffled me for a long time then i decided to just make a pile in a sunny area. after a good rain it gets piping hot.

  2. Paula W says:

    Be careful when addding saw dust from walnut trees to compost ir directly into the garden. Walnut trees contain toxin that will kill other plants (not all, but a lot). Also, potatoe peels are on both sides of this list-I think they are ok to compost.

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