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.
So here we go – for all these items the answer to ‘Can I Compost That’ is a resounding YES!
- 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
- Cotton buds and balls (if they are 100% cotton)
- Used tissues
- Loofahs (if they are bamboo not synthetic)
- Toilet paper rolls (tear up first)
- Pencil shavings
- Post-it notes
- Shredded paper
- 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
- 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!