Over 80 Things You Can Compost

Over 80 Things You Can Compost

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Kate Legere
Mar 6, 2012
We're fans of composting here at Apartment Therapy, and we've shared a lot of tips and tricks over the years. Recently, Networx put together a pretty big list of items (81!) that you can throw into your compost bin. It's a good reference for beginners or for those looking to add more to their bins besides the usual vegetable scraps, egg shells and coffee grounds. Here are some of my favorites, but you can find the full list over at Networx: 1. Dryer lint 2. “Dust bunnies” 3. The contents of your dustpan (just use discretion) 4. Soy/rice/almond/etc milk 5. Nut shells (but not walnut, which may be toxic to plants) 6. Pumpkin/sunflower/sesame seeds (chop them to ensure they won't grow) 7. Avocado pits (chop them up so they won't sprout) 8. Old breakfast cereal 9. Popcorn kernels (post-popping, the ones that didn't make it) 10. Old herbs and spices 11. Cooked rice 12. Cooked Pasta 13. Oatmeal 14. Booze (beer & wine) 15. Wine corks 16. Egg cartons (not Styrofoam) 17. Matches 18. Sawdust 19. Fireplace ash (fully extinguished and cooled) 20. Burlap sacks 21. Cotton or wool clothes, cut into strips 22. Balloons (latex only) 23. Raffia fibers (wrapping or decoration) 24. Dried flowers 25. Fresh flowers 26. Dead houseplants or their dropped leaves (make sure they aren't diseased and/or insect-infested) 27. Human hair (from a home haircut or saved from the barber shop) 28. Pizza & cereal boxes (shredded first) 29. Toilet paper & paper towel rolls (shredded first) 30. Old loofas (real, not synthetic) Note: If you bring your scraps to a compost collection site, make sure to double check what they do and don't accept. Find it: 80+ Items You Can Compost at Networx MORE COMPOSTING ON APARTMENT THERAPY:All About Composting: Hot Tips, Best Bins, and WORMS!5 Places To Put A Compost Bin In A Small KitchenHow To Start a Home Worm Composting System via MNN (Image: Flickr member kirstyhall licensed for use under Creative Commons)
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