What Can I Compost?

While You Recognize Food And Paper Waster As Compostable, There Are More Items Than You Think That Are Perfect For Your Compost Bin.

If food and yard waste are the only additions to your compost bin, you're really missing out! You might be surprised to find that nearly all your household waste can be recycled or composted.


If food and yard waste are the only additions to your compost bin, you're really missing out! You might be surprised to find that nearly all your household waste can be recycled or composted.

Compostable materials are split into two essential groups: brown and green. Brown materials are generally dead or dry organic material, while green materials are usually fresh pieces of plant matter. The list below outlines the common and not-so-common compostables, and which group they fall into. If you're yet to start composting, read about the basics of compost and its uses.

Brown Materials for Compost:

  • Dead leaves

  • Twigs

  • Sawdust

  • Wood ashes

  • Cardboard

  • Shredded newspaper

  • Paper napkins, towels, plates

  • Toothpicks

  • Cloth from natural fibers (cotton, wool, etc.)

  • Stale grains (cereal, oats, rice, pasta)

  • Nut shells

  • Animal fur

  • Dryer lint

  • Human hair

  • Eggshells


Green Materials for Compost:

  • Fruit and vegetable peels

  • Grass clippings

  • Dead houseplants

  • Cut flowers

  • Coffee grounds

  • Fruit juice

  • Tea bags

  • Steer manure

  • Bird droppings

  • Urine (the men of the house will enjoy adding this to the compost heap!)


When you start to think about it, your house is full of items that make great additions to compost. You may soon find the compost heap and recycle bins filling up before you have a need to take out what's left in the trash!

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