100 Things You CAN and CANNOT Compost at Home

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100 Compost Ingredients —

Nitrogen-rich materials contain protein and we know them as greens.
Carbon-rich materials provide energy and are referred to as browns .
Compost accelerators help heat up the compost for faster decomposition.

GREENS

□ Alfalfa Feed COMPOST ACCELERATOR

□ Beans and Spent Bean Plants

□ Beer/Spent Grains (Wet)

□ Coffee Grounds

□ Comfrey Plant Matter (fresh or dried) COMPOST ACCELERATOR

□ Crustacean Shells (shrimp, crab, lobster, etc.)

□ Dog or Cat Food (dry, including rawhide dog chews) COMPOST ACCELERATOR if made from corn and soybean meal

□ Dog Hair (break up clumps)

□ Feathers

□ Fish Food

□ Fish parts (chop up small) COMPOST ACCELERATOR

□ Flowers (from floral arrangements)

□ Fruit Scraps

□ Fur (from the dog or cat brush)

□ Grass (fresh)

□ Hair

□ Jelly, Jam and Preserves

□ Leather Products, e.g., belts, gloves, etc.

□ Leaves

□ Manure (cow, sheep, chicken, rabbit, horse)

□ Nail Clippings

□ Pine Needles (evergreen wreaths and garlands)

□ Plant Stems (soft)

□ Pumpkins (uneaten and leftovers from Halloween)

□ Seaweed and Kelp

□ Shrubs (chopped and shredded)

□ Urine COMPOST ACCELERATOR

□ Vegetable scraps

□ Vitamins

□ Worm Castings COMPOST ACCELERATOR

BROWNS

□ Baby Wipes (used, no feces)

□ Bamboo Skewers

□ Banana Peels

□ Bread and Tortillas

□ Business cards (no glossy)

□ Candy and Sugar Packets

□ Cardboard

□ Cereal

□ Cereal Boxes (tear up)

□ Coffee Filters

□ Corn Stalks (best shredded)

□ Cotton Balls and Swabs (100% cotton)

□ Cotton Cloth (t-shirts, socks, jeans – shredded)

□ Crackers and Pretzels

□ Crepe Paper Streamers

□ Crumbs

□ Dryer Lint

□ Egg Shells

□ Envelopes (no plastic window)

□ Glue (white, non-toxic)

□ Grass (dried)

□ Grains (wheat, pasta, rice, quinoa, etc.)

□ Gum (chewing)

□ Dried Houseplants (and their soil)

□ Latex gloves or balloons

□ Leaves (dried)

□ Loofah Sponges

□ Masking Tape

□ Matches (used)

□ Molasses

□ Newspapers (no glossy pages)

□ Nut shells (no black walnut shells)

□ Paper Bags (ripped up)

□ Paper Bills and Receipts

□ Paper Cupcake Cups

□ Paper Egg Cartons

□ Paper Napkins and Tissues (used)

□ Paper Party Decorations

□ Paper Parchment and Wax

□ Paper Plates (wax coating ok)

□ Paper Scrap (sticky notes, labels, subscription cards, no glossy)

□ Paper Table cloths

□ Paper Towel rolls

□ Pencil Shavings

□ Peat Moss

□ Pizza Boxes (ripped into smaller pieces)

□ Pizza Crusts

□ Play Dough (non-toxic)

□ Receipts

□ Rope (natural fiber)

□ Sawdust

□ Soil (used potting)

□ Straw

□ Tea Bags

□ Toilet paper rolls

□ Toothpicks

□ Vacuum Cleaner Debris

□ Weeds (dried up is best)

□ Wine Corks

□ Wood Chips

□ Wool Cloth

□ Yarn

OTHER

□ Wood and Plant Ashes (small amounts from untreated wood) CALCIUM

□ Milk and Ice Cream (small amounts only)

DO NOT COMPOST AT HOME

Meat

Plastics and other non-biodegradable materials including metals

Glossy and Colored Paper (large amounts)

Fat, grease, oil, butter, cheese

Cat, dog or pig waste

Lime

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