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Composting DO's and DON'Ts

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Want to learn how to compost but confused as to what's appropriate to add and what's not?  Avoid adding items from the DON'T list, and start incorporating some of the items on this DO list. These items would otherwise end up in landfills, but by composting them you'll be able to return them to the soil in a useful form.

Composting DON’Ts:

  • Meat
  • Cheese
  • Gravy
  • Butter
  • Frying Oils
  • Moldy Bread
  • Dog or Cat Poop
  • Ashes from BBQ
  • Old or Diseased Plants
  • Wet Grass
  • Fish
  • Bones
  • Citrus Peels that Have Been Chemically Sprayed
  • Glossy Paper
  • Sticky Labels

Composting DO’s:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Freezer Burned Fruits or Veggies
  • Burlap Coffee Bags
  • Herbs
  • Non-wax Cardboard
  • Paper Bags
  • Cereal
  • Un-popped Popcorn
  • Alfalfa Hay
  • Peanut Shells
  • Cardboard Egg Containers
  • Old Luffa’s
  • Cotton Swabs with Cardboard Sticks (100% Cotton Only)
  • Spices
  • Spoiled Rice, Coconut, Soy and Almond Milk
  • Old Bills or Paper Mail
  • Dustpan Gatherings
  • Natural Potpourri
  • Wrapping Paper Rolls
  • Christmas Trees
  • Garland (Evergreen)
  • Feathers
  • Horse, Cow, Goat Manure
  • Stale Bread
  • Nut Shells
  • Coffee, Filters, Tea-Bags (If Made From Natural Products)
  • Rice
  • Paper
  • Napkins
  • Paper-towels
  • Grass Clippings
  • Wood Chips
  • Saw Dust (Not From Treated Wood)
  • Vaccum Cleaner Bag Contents
  • Dryer Lint
  • Pet Hair
  • Houseplant Trimmings

Want to Read More? Try our Intro to Composting or How To Build a Compost Pile!

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