Compost: How To

The Dos And Don’ts Of Composting

Did you know that 40% of food produced in the United States goes uneaten, and that the average family of four wastes $1,345 to $2,275 worth of food each year. The good news is that most of this food waste can be revived and made into sustainable compost!

Not everything in your refrigerator or garden is compostable.
Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts:

What you can compost from your Kitchen:

  • COFFEE GROUNDS + FILTERS
  • TEA BAGS
  • EGGSHELLS
  • FRUITS + VEGETABLES
  • NUT SHELLS
  • DAIRY
  • MEATS AND BONES
  • RICE, PASTA, BREAD + OTHER GRAINS

What you can compost from your Yard and Garden:

  • GRASS CLIPPINGS
  • HAY AND STRAW
  • HOUSEPLANTS
  • YARD TRIMMINGS
  • LEAVES
  • PINE NEEDLES
  • WOOD CHIPS

What you can Compost from your Household:

  • HAIR AND FUR
  • NEWSPAPER – SINGLE SHEETS ONLY
  • FIREPLACE ASHES
  • SAWDUST
  • SOILED CARDBOARD

Here are a few things you do not want to add to your compost buckets:

  • PET WASTES (E.G., DOG OR CAT FECES, SOILED CAT LITTER)
  • YARD TRIMMINGS TREATED WITH CHEMICAL PESTICIDES
  • “COMPOSTABLE” K-CUPS
  • DISEASED OR INSECT-RIDDEN PLANTS
  • COAL OR CHARCOAL ASH

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