What To Compost
Material that should go into your container:
- Fruit and vegetable scraps, cooked or uncooked – including rinds, cores and seeds.
- Grains, cooked or uncooked – rice, oats, barley, wheat, etc.
- Pulp left over from juicing fruits and vegetables.
- Coffee grounds, loose tea, tea bags (no staples, please).
- Flour, herbs, seeds and spices.
- Egg shells only (crushed well - the smaller, the better).
- Nuts, nut shells.
- Household plants including soil, plant cuttings/trimmings, dried or cut flowers.
Smaller pieces will break down quicker in the composting process.
Material that shouldn't be put into your container:
- Meat, eggs, poultry, or fish - including bones, fat, gristle, skin, etc.
- Dairy products such as milk, cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, sour cream, etc.
- Breads and pastries.
- Liquids such as soy milk, milk made from nuts, fruit or vegetable juice, soft drinks.
- Grease, oil (animal or vegetable), salad dressing, mayonnaise, or sauce of any kind.
- Animal waste, human waste or dead animals.
There are many reasons why these items shouldn’t go into your compost container. These materials can seriously skew the organic balance of the compost and slow its breakdown. They also attract rodents, maggots, and other unsavory visitors. And they can stink, which is never good.