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What you Can Compost - Any plant or material made from plants

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What you Can Compost - Any plant or material made from plants

  • All pre-cooked vegetable food scraps
  • Coffee grounds (and paper coffee filters too!)
  • Egg Shells - they will take a very long time but even if they don’t decompose, the bits of eggshell are still good for your soil.
  • Garden plant residue - like the tomato plant that has finished producing
  • Cut flowers after they have faded
  • Yard Waste - sticks, leaves, etc
  • Grass clippings - Be careful with these, make sure to mix them in well
  • Animal manure - You can compost chicken, horse, cow, hamster, gerbil, and indoor pet bird droppings
  • Wood shaving bedding from a pet rodent or bird like a hamster, guinea pig, or parakeet
  • Bread - in small quantities
  • Dryer lint
  • Paper Towels, as long as you have only used them to clean drink spills, etc. Do not compost paper towels that have chemical cleaners on them.
  • Shredded paper - office paper or newspaper
  • Pet Hair, you will want to be careful with this one. In small quantities I have found that it works well but it can easily clump together so mix it in well.
  • Tea bags - Go ahead and throw them in with the string and tag attached.
  • Cotton clothing or towels - These take a long time to break down. Speed up the process by cutting them into strips.
  • The contents of the dust pan - usually just dust and dirt anyway
  • Rabbit food pellets - some people suggest adding rabbit food to “kickstart” a hot compost pile. This is not needed. Rabbit food acts as a Nitrogen source in a compost pile. It does help a compost pile heat up and break down but no more than food scraps or any other Nitrogen source.
  • Used beer brewing grains - Breweries will often give this away free
  • Used coffee chaff - this is the outside paper like shell of the coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process. Many coffee roasting companies will give it away free. It also makes great bedding in a backyard chicken coop.

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