Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What to Compost?

I came across an article on PlanetGreen.Discovery.com called "75 Things You Can Compost, But Thought You Couldn't". It's a fantastic list. Here are some of the things I didn't know about (and there are alot of them!):

  • Used paper napkins
  • Pizza boxes, ripped into smaller pieces
  • Paper bags, either ripped or balled up
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Used paper plates (as long as they don't have a waxy coating)
  • Cellophane bags (be sure it's really Cellophane and not just clear plastic—there's a difference.)
  • Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which can be toxic to plants)
  • Pizza crusts
  • Cereal boxes (tear them into smaller pieces first)
  • Wine corks
  • Moldy cheese
  • Melted ice cream
  • Old jelly, jam, or preserves
  • Stale beer and wine
  • Toothpicks
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Paper cupcake or muffin cups
  • Used facial tissues
  • Hair from your hairbrush
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Old loofahs
  • Nail clippings
  • Urine
  • 100% Cotton cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs made from 100% cotton and cardboard (not plastic) sticks
  • Latex condoms
  • Cardboard Tampon Applicators
Random Stuff:
  • Dryer lint
  • Old/stained cotton clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces
  • Old wool clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces
  • Pencil shavings
  • Sticky notes
  • Contents of your vacuum cleaner bag or canister
  • Used matches
  • Fur from the dog or cat brush
  • Droppings and bedding from your rabbit/gerbil/hamsters, etc.
  • Newspaper/droppings from the bottom of the bird cage
  • Feathers
  • Alfalfa hay or pellets (usually fed to rabbits)
  • Rawhide dog chews
  • Fish food
  • Dry dog or cat food
Our pile is going to get so much bigger now!

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