Can I Compost That?

Last week I shared a how to guide on disposing household items so today I wanted to continue on that theme and talk compost! If you’ve ever wondered ‘Can I compost that?’ then today’s guide is for you!

Before I dive into it just a heads up that this is a general guide to composting – some items might not be appropriate for your particular system (particularly if you’ve got a worm farm) so be sure to double check! It’s also important to note that you will want to add these items sparingly, make sure that food scraps, green prunings and other garden waste still make up the majority of your compost bin to keep it healthy and functioning well.

Can I Compost That?

So here we go – for all these items the answer to ‘Can I Compost That’ is a resounding YES!

Kitchen Items

  • Nut shells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea bags
  • Biscuits & chips
  • Stale beer and wine
  • Cupcake or muffin wrappers (paper, not foil)
  • Corks from wine bottles
  • Paper napkins & paper towels
  • Expired jams
  • Egg cartons (tear or shred first)
  • Egg shells

Bathroom Items

  • Cotton buds and balls (if they are 100% cotton)
  • Used tissues
  • Loofahs (if they are bamboo not synthetic)
  • Toilet paper rolls (tear up first)

Stationery Items

  • Pencil shavings
  • Post-it notes
  • Shredded paper
  • Cellophane
  • Crepe & paper streamers

Other Household Items

  • Contents of vacuum cleaner bag
  • Clothes dryer lint
  • Toothpicks and bamboo skewers
  • Used matches
  • Dead flowers
  • Human and animal hair
  • Cotton & wool rags or clothing
  • Feathers
  • Fish food
  • Any cardboard boxes (shred first)

And there we have it! Hopefully this helps you reduce the amount of things ending up in your general waste (or even recycling!) and gives you a healthy, nutrient filled compost! If you’re like me and are composting in a small space don’t forget to check out my apartment composting guide to get you started!

How many of these items are you already composting?

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4 Comments on Can I Compost That?

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      February 11, 2015 at 8:52 pm (9 years ago)

      I know, surprising isn’t it! Maybe a sealed option like a bokashi would work for you?

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      February 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Bele xx


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