Making Compost – What Items to Use

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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.

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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.

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Posted by: Cyndee DAgostini
4 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.

  3. Karen says:

    I am just curious…it has potato peels on both the ok and not ok lists. Can you add them to compost or should I stay away from it? Thanks!

    • Amandah Blackwell says:

      Hi, Karen.

      There are two schools of thought about adding potatoes to compost: one states not to add potato peels or potatoes as you may get potato plants growing with blight (disease) problems; the other states you can add potato peels, and if you get potato plants, you can remove them. The choice is yours!

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