What to compost

Almost all yard waste can be added to your compost. 

leaves grass clippings twigs
branches weeds vines
thatch garden plants flowers
unused potting soil and mix straw  

Much of your food waste can be composted. 

egg shells coffee grounds tea leaves and bags
vegetable and fruit scraps and peels corn cobs stale bread and cereal
nut shells flour rice
oatmeal    

Other items that you can compost include:

human hair feathers small amounts of wood ash
wood chips dead insects vacuum bag contents

What shouldn't I compost?

Some items either do not degrade well, attract insects and pests, or might contain diseases or chemicals that would contaminate the compost. 

meat poultry seafood
dairy products diseased plants human and pet feces (including kitty litter)
mayonnaise salad dressing peanut butter
lard other fatty items  

Next - How do I compost?

More Information on Composting

How to Compost
Learn how to compost and find which option will work best for you. Learn which methods produce compost fastest, and which require the most maintenance and attention.

What to Compost
Provides specific information on what to compost and what not to compost.

Worm Compost
Provides information on how to make compost using worms, or vermicompost. Learn why you might want to include red wigglers in your compost plans.

Compost Bins
Provides information on several types of compost bins, including pros and cons of each. Learn how to make your own bin and find information on the best pre-fabricated bins.

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